AIPAC lashes out against Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum’s recently introduced legislation which seeks to prohibit US aid from being used to fund IDF arrests of Palestinian children, home demolitions, settlement expansion and other Israeli operations in the West Bank.
Let’s call the McCollum bill what it is: A baseless libel against Israel and US officials managing our aid program,” AIPAC tweets.
“The State and Defense departments know and ensure that American security assistance to Israel is used only for ‘legitimate self-defense’ and internal security,” the pro-Israel lobby adds.
J Street’s senior vice president Dylan Williams responds: “Where is the line drawn between defending Israel from any criticism or inquiry & enabling the worst abuses of occupation?”
“What’s the case *for* allowing taxpayer dollars to be used to mistreat Palestinian children, demolish their homes & annex their land?” he adds.
McCollum’s bill seeks to prevent US aid from being used to fund various Israeli activities in the West Bank, but does not have an enforcement mechanism. Instead, it would require the White House to report to Congress detailing how the US aid is used and how much of it is going to operations beyond the Green Line.