No tax dollars for bombing civilians

Bombing civilians is morally unacceptable. When Israel does it. When Hamas does it. Unfortunately, a double standard of human rights is routine in the United States -- where skewed media coverage has reinforced the craven stances of top American officials.

It is necessary -- but insufficient -- to call for a ceasefire. At the same time, let’s be clear about the U.S. government’s ongoing role.

The current Israeli assault on Gaza, as Rabbi Alissa Wise noted, “is being paid for thanks to the blank check the Israeli military receives from the U.S. government.”

In Rabbi Wise’s words, we should ask President Obama “to make sure aid to Israel doesn't continue to violate U.S. laws which specifically prohibit assistance to any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations.”

Please tell the President -- and your Senators and Representative in the House -- that our tax dollars should not go to aid Israel or any other country if it consistently violates human rights.