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Is the U.S. really “pressuring” Israel? What’s the deal with Israeli settlements? What do they have to do with us? IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis will discuss the recent flap between the Obama administration and the Israeli government, the $30 billion of U.S. military aid, and the changing discourse on Israel-Palestine across the United States.
As the U.S.-Israeli spat over a settlement freeze continues, the reality of Israel’s continuing expansion of illegal settlements throughout the occupied territories becomes ever more important. In Hebron, for example, a few hundred armed Israeli settlers are protected by the Israeli military, suppressing normal life for the 150,000 Palestinian residents of the city. The illegal Israeli occupation is supported and enabled by the U.S., including military aid amounting to $30 billion of U.S. taxpayer money over the next ten years.
Talking points on the aftermath of Biden’s trip to Israel, the president’s trip to Afghanistan, and the elections in Iraq.
The U.S. has to start pressuring Israel to cooperate.
To find the Palestinian Gandhi or MLK, the first step is to look in Israeli detention centers.
The president couldn’t answer a simple question about Israel and Egypt, which speaks volumes about U.S. human rights policy.
It’s going to be a little harder this time around.
The dangers of another, even greater, U.S. escalation in Afghanistan are rising; the continuing war in Iraq is exploding anew; the possibilities-but-still-dangers in U.S. engagement with Iran remain hopeful but tense; and U.S. diplomatic engagement in the Middle East is still designed to fail.
Let the games begin.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about what is going on in the Middle East, from a renowned expert. If you want to know what is really happening, and why we should care, the upcoming presentation by Phyllis Bennis will knock your proverbial socks off! No cover charge for the event. Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, who specializes in Middle East and United Nations issues.
More Information can be found here: www.kzoo4peace.org
This event is sponsored by Kalamazoo Non Violent Opponents of War
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