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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:47 PM

Can Americans send aid to the Palestinians..? Legally?... nt

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Reply Can Americans send aid to the Palestinians..? Legally?... nt (Original post)
Bigmack Nov 2012 OP
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #1
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #2
Enrique Nov 2012 #3
ann--- Nov 2012 #4
Jim__ Nov 2012 #5
brush Nov 2012 #6
jberryhill Nov 2012 #7

Response to Bigmack (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:51 PM

1. It's a free country, you can send aid to Israel, so why not to the Palestinians?

I certainly would hope so.

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Response to Bigmack (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:55 PM

2. I hope so.

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Response to Bigmack (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:57 PM

3. if you mean Hamas, then no

but if you mean the Palestinian people, then yes, a million charities such as the Red Crescent and UNICEF, etc. collect donations for aid.

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Response to Bigmack (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:58 PM

4. Absolutely....

There is a joint Jewish/Palestinian group that is desperately trying to work for peace.

Here's the website.

http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/about/about-the-aic.html

The AIC is one of the sole joint Palestinian-Israeli organisations in existence, acting as a material bridge and platform for politically responsible cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis and a counter to the prevailing philosophies and practices of separation between the two communities. What has allowed the AIC to continue to exist and even flourish when so many other joint initiatives came and went, is its clear political foundation shared by all its members and on the basis of which all work is conducted:


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Response to Bigmack (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:02 PM

5. You have to be careful of the "Patriot" Act.

IIRC, that act gave the government power to seize the assets of anyone who aided (presumably that includes monetary donations) "terrorist" organizations; and an organization that you contribute to can be declared "terrorist" retroactively.

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Response to Bigmack (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:17 PM

6. May we should send aid to the Palestinians

We progressives should champion and partner with the peace movement in Israel instead of with Bibi and all the hardliners who keep up the constant warring. We should have been going in that direction years ago to forge liaisons with our counterparts over there. Our corporate media, naturally, gives the Israeli peace movement no coverage. The aid we send to Israel helps keep the conflict there going as the money is spent mostly on weapons. Israel has the latest hi-tech weapons and they get them from our defense industry, paid for with the 3 billion dollars in aid we ship to Israel every year. There is no incentive to end this 60 some-year-old-conflict if the war hawks in Israel get 3 billion to spend on war toy superiority every year while our defense contractors get to feed off that same 3 billion. We, the American taxpayers are in effect, paying to keep the conflict going. This almost incestuous circle will never end unless we end it by shutting down or evening up the aid gravy train. C'mon, it's been 60 years, this could have been solved long ago if it wasn't for this money merry-go-round. Some realpolitik dealings with the Israelis and a few billion in aid to the Palestinians as well and and I'm betting they would suddenly want to get along famously with Israel. Let's get this perpetual conflict solved.

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Response to Bigmack (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:21 PM

7. You cannot...

...send aid to any of the people or organizations listed in the US Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) Specially Designated National (SDN) list.

The SDN list is available in a number of data formats here:

http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/SDN-List/Pages/default.aspx

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