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September 15 Real Democracy, No Hypocrisy

September 6, 2011 1 comment

Posted on September 05, 2011 by Marivel Guzman

Article by Feriha

The United Nations, which declared September 15 the International Day of Democracy, defines democracy as “A universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social, and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives.”

We can’t think of a better day to ask: why doesn’t the United States support democracy for everyone in the Middle East? Why does the US use tax dollars to support a military occupation that threatens democracy?

While it is commonly reported that Israel receives $3 billion in annual U.S. foreign aid, and according to ifamericansknew.org , the U.S. taxpayer has provided Israel funds far beyond this number.  For example in 1997 the complete total of U.S. grants and loan to Israel  was $5,525,800,000.

Unquestionably, Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. aid since World War II.

The september15 community  is convinced that this money can not, under any circumstances, continue to be invested into an illegal occupation, the  occupation of Palestine.

Israel is an obstacle to Palestinian self-determination and human rights. We call for an end to this destructive financial aid and an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

Israel has to understand, that it is not above international law, and we ask for Americans to support the struggle for social justice in Palestine the way that so many Americans stood against South African apartheid not so long ago.

It is time to take action.  Join us on September15 to make a stand!

September15 community is a grassroots project a group of young adults, and students from around the world.

To find out more please visit our website. Peace!

http://www.september15.org

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