Alex Kane joins the show to talk about his latest article, which explores how the Leahy Law might be applied to U.S. assistance to the Israeli military. The Leahy Law is supposed to prevent American support to any military units that have committed human rights violations, which seems probable in the case of Israel given the number of Palestinian protestors that have been killed. The Leahy Law does not apply to American support for Israel in general, which is just as well since it seems unlikely that there is political will to end that. But certain humanitarian groups are interested in using the law to bring attention to specific violations by specific military units—this type of awareness may make Americans less likely to support military aid to Israel in general in the future.
Discussed on the show:
- “Inside Sources Say the State Dept Refuses To Trace Whether Israel Is Using U.S. Military Aid Illegally” (In These Times)
- “Leahy Fact Sheet” (State Department)
- Foreign Assistance Act Of 1961
- Ahed Tamimi
- “Bill to Expel Families of Palestinians Who Attack Israelis Pass 1st Reading in Knesset” (Al Bawaba)
Alex Kane is a freelance journalist who’s writing appears in Ha’aretz, the Intercept and elsewhere. He’s formerly an editor at Mondoweiss and Alternet. Read more of his work at his website and follow him on Twitter.
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