Lawsuit Aims To Block US Foreign Aid to Israel – Conference Call

Washington – A lawsuit filed Monday in the D.C. federal district court challenges U.S. foreign aid to Israel.

IRmep’s Center for Policy and Law is holding a conference call briefing about the lawsuit August 11 at 10AM EST.

Register online to receive the conference call phone number, access code and briefing materials at: http://IRmep.org/AidLawsuit.htm.

Registration closes 9PM on August 10.

The US is finalizing a ten-year memorandum of understanding which will reportedly boost aid to $4-5 billion per year. The director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) in the suit challenges the authority of the president and US federal agencies to deliver such foreign aid to Israel. Such aid violates longstanding bans on aid to non-signatories to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) with nuclear weapons programs. Since the bans went into effect US foreign aid to Israel is estimated to be $234 billion.

The lawsuit reveals how in the mid-1970s during investigations into the illegal diversion of weapons-grade uranium from US contractor NUMEC to Israel, Senators Stuart Symington and John Glenn amended the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act to ban any aid to clandestine nuclear powers that were not NPT signatories. Symington clarified the legislative intent of the amendments: "…if you wish to take the dangerous and costly steps necessary to achieve a nuclear weapons option, you cannot expect the United States to help underwrite that effort indirectly or directly.”

The Obama administration follows precedents established since the Ford administration by ignoring internal agency and public domain information that should trigger Symington & Glenn cutoffs and waiver provisions governing foreign aid. The administration has gone further in criminalizing the flow of such information from the federal government to the public.

In 2012 the Department of Energy under US State Department authority passed a secret gag law called "Guidance on Release of Information relating to the Potential for an Israeli Nuclear Capability." The gag law and related measures promote a "nuclear ambiguity" policy toward Israel. The primary purpose of the gag law is to unlawfully subvert Symington & Glenn arms export controls, the suit alleges.

IRmep won unprecedented release of a Pentagon report about Israel’s nuclear weapons program through a 2014 lawsuit. A 2015 IRmep lawsuit dislodged CIA files about the NUMEC diversion.

IRmep is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit researching US Middle East policy formulation.

IRmep is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit researching US Middle East policy formulation. Select CIA and DOD lawsuit filings may be viewed at IRmep’s Center for Policy and Law Enforcement web page at: http://irmep.org/CFL.htm.

Grant F. Smith is the author of America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government. He currently serves as director of research at the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington (IRmep), D.C. Read other articles by Grant, or visit Grant’s website.

  • Bastiat

    No country including Israel should receive any money from American taxpayers.

  • james williams

    This illegal diversion of funds constitutes fraud and theft from the American taxpayer.

  • According to the Artist formerly known as Dubya, those who arm and shelter terrorists are no better than terrorists themselves and should be bombed to oblivion. By that logic, for arming the genocidal terror state of Zionistan, I suppose the US should…. bomb itself? Imperialist algebra, right, you gotta love it.

  • Davey Wavey

    Even if successful, the Congress will simply nullify the Symington et al ban and then continue to deliver our tax money to Israel with a GDP comparable to Spain and Italy!! It is unbelievable that the American people have not risen up in outrage about this — it is obviously the doing of a Jewish lobby and it should be held responsible when the country finally awakens.

  • haveagoodlife

    Godspeed!