US Pledges $3.3 Billion in Military Aid to Israel, but Cuts Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians

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(MEMO— The US Home of Representatives handed two separate Israel associated payments this week, endorsing what’s being described as the most important support bundle in American historical past and the appointment of a global tsar to observe anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel worldwide.

The navy support bundle of $three.three billion shall be delivered to Israel over the following yr. This determine is more likely to enhance by an extra $550 million because of Congress passing a $716 billion defence invoice. An additional $1 billion has been put aside for the US weapons stockpiles in Israel, which Israel faucets into throughout escalations of violence towards the Palestinians and Lebanon. In 2016, the US agreed to present Israel $38 billion in navy support over 10 years.

The invoice handed underneath the quilt of a media blackout and on the identical time that President Donald Trump pulled humanitarian aid to the UN Reduction and Works Company (UNRWA) which gives fundamental provisions for over 5 million Palestinian refugees.

In August, the invoice formally known as the “United States-Israel Safety Help Authorization Act of 2018” handed a Senate vote. Representing what’s believed to be the only largest navy support bundle in American historical past, according to Mintpress the astronomical sum interprets into $23,000 for each Jewish household dwelling in Israel.

Along with the huge quantity that the brand new laws guarantees to the Israeli navy, the invoice may also mandate NASA to cooperate intently with the Israel House Company. The choice has been described as very uncommon in mild of the Israel’s historical past of espionage focusing on NASA.

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The second invoice handed by Congress has additionally been largely ignored by the media. It requires a particular authorities envoy to be tasked with monitoring anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel worldwide.

In line with the textual content of the invoice –the “Particular Envoy to Monitor and Fight Anti-Semitism Act of 2017” – the postholder would “function the first advisor to, and coordinate efforts throughout, the US authorities referring to monitoring and combating anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic incitement that happen in overseas international locations.” The envoy is anticipated to be given the rank of an envoy.

Opponents of the invoice have pointed to the problematic nature of it citing the Congress adoption of a definition of anti-Semitism that equates criticism of Israel with racism. It’s feared that the brand new appointee will clamp down on home and worldwide criticism of the Israeli authorities in a transparent assault on free speech.