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New Mexico & The Israeli Military

New Mexicans are concerned about the suffering of Palestinian children, women and men under the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. We seek an end to the $30 billion in military aid the U.S. gives to the Israeli government, and we are researching New Mexico's role in supporting Israel's military.

Amnesty International recently investigated Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza (27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009) and determined that many of the weapons used by the IDF (Israel Defense Force) were manufactured and sold by the United States. 1 Some of these weapons and the defense contractors and national laboratories which designed, manufactured, and tested them have ties to New Mexico:

Israel's GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs, manufactured by Boeing, have been tested in New Mexico at White Sands Missile Range. 2 Boeing has a subsidiary in Albuquerque called Boeing-SVS, which employs approximately 285 New Mexicans. 3

Israel's Apache Longbow AH-64A combat helicopters equipped with Hellfire missiles are manufactured by Boeing. 4

Israel's MK-82 500-lb. fin-guided bombs are manufactured by Raytheon. Raytheon has a subsidiary near Farmington in the Navajo-owned NAPI Industrial Park called the Raytheon Missile Systems-NAPI Facility. 5

Israel's TOW missiles, manufactured by Raytheon, were assembled by Aerojet SupplierNet in Socorro. 6

Israel's F16I Combat Aircraft are manufactured by Lockheed Martin. 7 Lockheed Martin operates Sandia Corporation which does business as Sandia National Laboratories and is located on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. SNL/NM employs more than 6,600 New Mexicans. 8

Israel is reported to have deployed a Focused Lethality Munition (FLM) called DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosive) which has been developed by Boeing and the Air Force Research Lab's Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, which often tests their weapons at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. 9 Sandia National Laboratories appears to be a "major performer" in DIME's development as well. 10

Multiple investigations are currently underway into whether the Israeli military may have committed war crimes during Operation Cast Lead, when hundreds of Palestinian civilians were killed and thousands injured. New Mexicans are by extension complicit in these alleged crimes. We call upon the employees of New Mexico's defense contractors-our neighbors-to examine their consciences. Ask yourselves whether the products and technology you help design, assemble, test, and maintain are supplied to the Israeli military. It's time to connect the dots and cease profiting from weapons sales to Israel. It's time to pressure your supervisors, your employer and our members of Congress to stop arming Israel.

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1 Amnesty International, "Fuelling Conflict: Foreign Arms Supplies to Israel/Gaza," 23 February 2009.

2 Air Force Link, "Small Diameter Bomb I Delivered Ahead of Schedule," 6 September 2006,

3 Boeing SVS, 4411 The 25 Way NE, Ste. 350, Albuquerque, NM 87109-5858, (505) 449-4600.

4 Boeing Precision Engagement Backgrounder.

5 New Mexico Aviation and Aerospace, New Mexico Partnerships.

6 TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) missile system. Aerojet Explosive Operations, New Mexico Tech Campus - West, Industrial Research Park, Socorro, NM 87801. "Aerojet Successfully Delivers TOW Bunker Buster Production Units," 26 November 2008.

Aerojet Successfully Delivers TOW Bunker Buster Production UnitsAerojet Successfully Delivers TOW Bunker Buster Production Units Aerojet is beginning production of nearly 2000 warhead sections for the TOW missile

7 "Lockheed Martin, Israel Mark F-16I First Flight," 23 December 2003.

8 Sandia Corporation, doing business as Sandia National Laboratories:Private Company Information. The Sandia National Laboratories, which are managed and operated by the Sandia Corporation a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

9 Boeing SDB Focused Lethality Munition Elgin Airforce Base Testing in New Mexico.

10 Joint DoD/DOE Munitions OSD RDT&E Budget Item Justification (R2 Exhibit) February 2006.

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