SINCE 2015, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., has been the leading congressional critic of Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children, introducing multiple pieces of legislation that would bar Israel from using U.S. military aid to arrest Palestinian youth.
Spanning 18yrs, a new timeline charts the int'l & Palestinian people killed or maimed by Caterpillar bulldozers: israel's weapon of choice https://t.co/05YAXdMHUF— Sarah Wilkinson (@swilkinsonbc) April 24, 2020
By targeting Israel’s detention of Palestinian children — just one aspect of Israel’s military occupation, but one that involved a highly vulnerable population — McCollum was attempting to make her bills appeal to the widest swath of Democrats possible. For most others in her party, the check the U.S. wrote to Israel every year was not up for debate.
BDS is unstoppable. After Gaza massacre, 38 Cambridge University student groups demand boycott of BAE & Caterpillar for trading with Israel. https://t.co/6hmwKAcL7b— Bint (@PalBint) May 24, 2018
McCollum is now planning to introduce legislation on Thursday that would bar U.S. aid from subsidizing a wider array of Israeli occupation tactics, an indication of just how far the debate over U.S. aid to Israel has come in the past six years.
HSBC invests nearly £100mil worth of shares in Caterpillar – who supply the Israeli army with bulldozers which are weaponised & used to demolish Palestinian communities & build Israel’s apartheid infrastructure. @HSBC #StopArmingIsrael! pic.twitter.com/s0048QJtEA— PSC (@PSCupdates) November 8, 2020
“There is nothing out of the ordinary about conditioning aid. … All taxpayer funds provided by Congress to foreign governments in the form of aid are subject to conditions in a myriad of generally applicable laws, yet the $3.8 billion provided to Israel by the State Department has no country-specific conditions despite Israel’s systemic violations of Palestinian human rights,” McCollum told The Intercept.
Israel uses Caterpillar bulldozers to destroy Palestinian homes and agricultural land. Caterpillar also builds racist US and Israeli walls. HSBC should stop arming Israel by divesting from Caterpillar. #BDS #GroupPalestine #قروب_فلسطيني pic.twitter.com/UfzqssRSVp— MOHD HARIZ ANWAR (@HareezAnwar) December 28, 2019
“I don’t want $1 of U.S. aid to Israel paying for the military detention and abuse of Palestinian children, the demolition of Palestinian homes, or the annexation of Palestinian land.” read more…