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06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics


23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo


15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014


29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

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US military aid to Israel?


The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has set up a new website called to show clearly what US military aid to Israel would buy if used for social programmes at home.

It says:

Between 2009-2018, the United States is scheduled to give Israel–the largest recipient of U.S. aid–$30 billion in military aid. Through its illegal 42-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, Israel misuses U.S. weapons in violation of U.S. law to kill and injure Palestinian civilians, destroy Palestinian civilian infrastructure, blockade the Gaza Strip, and build illegal settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem.

How much of this total will your community provide?  Is this a good use of your tax dollars? What else could your taxes be used for in your community?  Find out on the interactive map provided.

About this Site

“How Much Aid to Israel?” is a project of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 325 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality.

How Did We Get These Numbers?

To estimate each state’s contribution to this $30 billion expenditure, we took figures from the Internal Revenue Service Tax Stats, Gross Collections, by Type of Tax and State for FY2008.  This data enabled us to figure out the percentage of each state’s contribution to federal taxes collected.  State figures do not add up to $30 billion exactly because the IRS collects a small percentage of overall taxes from international sources and U.S. armed services personnel stationed overseas.

To estimate the contribution of each Congressional district, county, and city to this $30 billion expenditure, we took figures from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates.  Multiplying total population by estimated per capita income in the past 12 months (in 2008 inflation-adjusted dollars) enabled us to figure out the percentage of each geographical unit’s contribution to its state’s contribution of federal taxes collected.

To estimate the budgetary trade-offs, we took figures from the budget justifications of the federal government agencies that administer these federal government programs.  Dividing the cost of the program by the number of people served by it, we figured out how much each of these programs cost per person.  We then took this per person program cost and divided it by a geographical unit’s contribution to the $30 billion dollars in military aid to Israel to figure out how many people could have been served instead by this program with this money.

To estimate the average tax-payer bill in 2010 of $19.19 for military aid to Israel, we took President Obama’s FY2011 budget request of $3 billion in military aid to Israel and divided it by the number of individual tax filings (156,297,000) reported by the IRS in its 2008 End of Year End Report.

Learn More about the Budgetary Trade-Off Programs

Affordable housing grants. In its FY2010 budget justification, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) planned to provide 2,165,700 low-income households with Section 8 tenant-based rental vouchers at a total cost of $17.836 billion, or $8,235.67 per household.

HUD’s program description: “Initiated in the mid-1970s, rental housing vouchers have since emerged as the nation’s largest low-income housing assistance program. They now serve over 2 million households with extremely low incomes (about 40 percent of families who receive vouchers now have incomes below half of the poverty line), paying the difference between 30 percent of a household’s income and the rent of a qualifying, moderately priced house or apartment.”

Green jobs training. In its FY2010 budget justification, the Department of Labor (DOL) requested $50 million for its Green Jobs Innovation Fund to train 8,300 workers for a cost of $6,204.10 per worker.

DOL’s program description: “The Green Jobs Innovation Fund, authorized as Pilot and Demonstration Projects under Section 171 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, supports competitive grant opportunities to help workers receive job training in green industry sectors and occupations and access green career pathways.”

Early reading education. In its FY2010 budget justification, the Department of Education (DOE) estimated that in FY2009 it spent $112,549,000 for its Early Reading Fund to serve 33,278 children for a cost of $3,382.08 per student.

DOE’s program description: “The Early Reading First program supports local efforts to enhance the early language, literacy, and pre-reading development of preschool-aged children, particularly those from low-income families, through instruction, materials, and professional development based on scientific reading research.”

Primary health care. In its FY2010 budget justification, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported that it spent $1,988,039,000 in FY2007 to provide 16.1 million patients with primary health care through its Health Centers program for a cost of $123.48 per patient.

HHS’s program description: “For more than 40 years, Health Centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality, cost-effective primary healthcare to patients regardless of their ability to pay. During that time Health Centers have become the essential primary care provider for America’s most vulnerable populations: people living in poverty, uninsured, and homeless; minorities; migrant and seasonal farmworkers; public housing residents; geographically isolated; and people with limited English proficiency.”

Can’t Find Your County or City?  Errors in the Map?

If you can’t find your county or city on the map, the most likely reason is that it is populated by less than 20,000 people.  Unfortunately, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey only contains data for geographical units of 20,000 or more, which is why we couldn’t include counties or cities with smaller populations in our map.

If you find an error in the map, please let us know about it by clicking here.

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