BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN-PRESS RELEASE
 
Contact: Lori Rudolph, 505-550-9553, lorir@unm.edu
Rich Forer, 265-1898, rich_forer@yahoo.com
April 9, 2009

For Immediate Release

LOCAL GRASSROOTS COALITION CALLS ON CONGRESSMEN BINGAMAN, UDALL AND HEINRICH TO SUSPEND WEAPONS SALES TO ISRAEL


ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Albuquerque-based Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel issued calls today for a suspension of military aid to Israel in response to charges that Israel may have violated U.S. and International Law in its recent attack on the Gaza Strip. The Coalition is publicizing its message via 10 small billboards scattered across Albuquerque. The billboards (image shown below) feature images of a young Palestinian girl and an Israeli tank along with the message: "Tell Congress: Stop Killing Children, End Military Aid to Israel." Billboard locations include 1415 Indian School NE, 5500 2nd Street NW, and 112 Coors NW.



According to fact sheets researched and compiled by the Coalition, the U.S. agreed to provide Israel with $30 billion in military aid over a ten year period. Israel received its first subsidy in 2008. The Coalition says the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) used some of this aid in its December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009 assault against Gaza and may have committed war crimes. More than 1,400 Palestinians, including over 300 children and 900 civilians were killed during the assault, dubbed Operation Cast Lead. The military aid, which amounts to $3 billion per year of taxpayer money that Americans can ill afford, appears to be in violation of the Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Assistance Act. The Coalition calls on the voters of Albuquerque to call or write Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Representative Martin Heinrich and demand that U.S. military aid to Israel be suspended. The Coalition also asks voters in Congressional Districts 2 and 3 to contact their representatives with the same message.

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