On Tuesday, April 15, supporters of Palestine in communities across the U.S. are planning Tax Day protests against military aid to Israel. Their tax dollars, they will argue, would be better spent on domestic programs such as green jobs and affordable housing.
The Popular Committees of Palestine "believe the United States is part of the occupation with its one-sided support of Israel's oppressive policies, which are killing our children, stealing our land and destroying our livelihoods."
"Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II," says a 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service. "To date, the United States has provided Israel $118 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance."
President Obama submitted a 2014 budget proposal to Congress on Wednesday that includes $3.4 billion in military aid to Israel. According to the Israeli business daily Globes, Israel has already spent all U.S. aid through 2018, when the 10-year military aid package committed by the Bush administration expires.
Defense News reported that Israel has already approved financial commitments for "V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft and other Pentagon-approved weaponry" in anticipation of another 10-year aid package when the current one expires.