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Palestinian/ Israeli update 11/16/2016.. Knesset approves settlement legalization bill

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 21:23
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Knesset approves settlement legalization bill


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New lawsuit challenges US weapons sales to Israel

The US government is being sued for authorizing massive weapons deliveries to Israel. A new lawsuit notes that the State Department approved the export of more than 47 million rounds of ammunition to Israel between 2007 and 2009. That was enough to “injure or kill every Palestinian living under occupation 10 times over,” according to the lawsuit. Filed in a district court in Washington, DC, the complaint argues that by sending military aid and approving weapons sales to Israel, the US is violating its own legislation. Under the Foreign Assistance Act, the US government is required to halt aid to countries that violate human rights with impunity or have used US military equipment for anything but self-defense. “I’m not asking the court to resolve a longstanding debate,” Martin McMahon, the main attorney involved in the lawsuit, told The Electronic Intifada. “I’m asking the court to enforce the current laws.” The lawsuit follows the Obama administration’s recent approval of a military aid program to Israel worth $38 billion over a 10-year period.16 kilometers swim from Jordan to Israel


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