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'No Blank Check for Israel' March Coming to DC on January 19
by Ryan Mauro
The Jewish Voice for Peace, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace has put together a "No Blank Check for Israel" march in the nation's capital on January 19. The promotional video boasts of the event's Christian support, with the description emphasizing that 15 church letters wrote a letter in October supporting congressional investigations into U.S. aid to Israel. The adversaries of Israel recognize that the stance of the church will decide the future of the U.S.-Israeli relationship.
The Facebook page for the group has a picture of a man standing in front of a destroyed building with the caption, "Our Tax Dollars in Action. No Blank Check for Israel." The video compares the cause to the civil rights struggle and the page says "We must condition U.S. aid to Israel on compliance with U.S. and international law!" Jewish Voice for Peace, the group that set up the Facebook page and is one of the event's organizers, wants U.S. aid suspended until the "Occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem" ends.
The Christian groups endorsing the march include the Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network; the Presbyterian Church USA Israel/Palestine Mission Network and the United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force. The inclusion of the latter two is predictable.
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