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Washington, DC—A U.S.-based anti-Israel coalition with church groups has asked its supporters to urge President Obama to investigate Israel’s alleged violations of U.S. weapons laws. The call came quickly after Israel responded militarily to Hamas’s ongoing rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.
“Israel’s attacks against the Gaza Strip are being committed with U.S. weapons given to Israel as military aid by the U.S. taxpayer,” the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation complained. “These weapons are being misused by Israel in violation of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act to commit grave human rights abuses of Palestinians.”
The U.S. Campaign equates Israel to Apartheid South Africa, advocates boycotts and divestments against Israel, and opposes U.S. support for Israel across the board. Religious groups among its members include the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, the American Friends Service Committee, the Methodist Federation for Social Action, United Methodist Board of Church and Society, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship.
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