Jane and the Buzz Saw

israel-more-aid-than-africaBy Claudia Woodward-Rice

Blogger Jane Stillwater  ran into the DailyKos’ “Israel-happytalk-all-the-time” buzz saw recently with her satiric posting New foreclosure remedy: Become Jewish & move to Israel!

Now Mondoweiss reports that Jane Stillwater got booted from DailyKos for making fun of settlements and Jewish Voice for Peace writer Cecilie Surasky writes This isn’t the first time they’ve banned bloggers for writing about Israel and Palestine, but this surely is the dumbest case.”  

One Kos’ reader commentedThe US government doesn’t spend any money either on Nefesh Benefesh or on housing in East Jerusalem. It is all a fabrication.”

Perhaps not directly. But if I buy you a car and pay your kid’s tuition, maybe you’ll have more money for your mortgage?  Tax-deductable donations from Americans go directly to settlements as well.

From http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/usaid.html

“The U.S. is providing Israel with at least $7.0 million each day* in military aid and is giving the Palestinians $0** in military aid during Fiscal Year 2009………..

The source for US military aid to Israel during Fiscal Year 2009 is the Congressional Research Service’s “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” written by Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, updated February 3, 2009. According to this report, by early February 2009, the US had already given Israel at least $2.55 billion ($2,500,000,000) in military aid for Fiscal Year 2009.

Over the last 20 years, the U.S. has been slowly phasing out economic aid to Israel and gradually replacing it with increased military aid. Beginning in 2007, the U.S. has been increasing military aid by $150 million each year. By FY2013, we will be sending Israel $3.15 billion a year (or an average of $8.6 million a day)”

During the post WWII period, the US spent more than four times as much on Israeli aid than it has spent in any other part of the world (per capita). Israel’s 1995 per capita gross domestic product was $15,800- higher than Ireland or Spain.  Everything they get from the US is gravy.

Jane’s problem was approaching this serious issue with a close-to-the-bone satire that didn’t quite fit an apples-to-apples comparison. But I imagine she would also have been banned if she had asked directly: 

Why does the US lavishly squander taxpayer money on Israel while continuing to neglect our own people?

5 responses to “Jane and the Buzz Saw

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  2. Great map! That really puts the aid issue in perspective.

    It’s absolutely disgusting the way these gatekeeper sites shut down opinions not approved by Corpo-Gov.

    keep on bloggin’ Jane!

  3. I probably shouldn’t ask..what? is special about Israel? seems a lot of people support them, but personally all I see is agression towards everyone else in their area.
    funding to a well off country? weapons supply?
    Nothing stupid the USA govt does surprises me , maybe the depth of the stupid does:-) but not the fact of “stupid”

  4. 50 years ago the oil oligarchy said, GET ISRAEL, make it ours… we’re gonna have to go in and get the oil out of that region.

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