Where American Foreign Aid to Israel is Spent: Bong Pipes in Gas Masks

Some of billions of dollars of American “military aid” given to Israel every year has found its way back to the US at last—in the form of Israeli-made gas masks fitted with drug-inhaling bong pipes being sold in New York.

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, there is a “shortage of civilian gas masks, but you wouldn’t know it from walking down Manhattan’s St. Mark’s Place, where the masks are on sale in half a dozen stores for a mere $25 each.”

According to that report, the “Israeli model 4A1 gas masks on display in the East Village — where storefront noodle shops bump up against vintage clothing stores — might not protect you from a chemical weapons attack. That’s because their protective filters have been removed and replaced with foot-long acrylic bongs meant for smoking marijuana.”

The gas masks were made by Shalon Chemical Industries Ltd., a Tel Aviv-based company that makes all the civilian gas masks of Israel. The entire Israeli “defense” industry receives massive handouts of cash from the American taxpayer, courtesy of the extremist Zionist stranglehold over the US government.

Many of the gas masks were provided “free” to Israeli citizens during the first and second Gulf wars, when it was quite falsely claimed by the Zionist neo-con liars that Saddam Hussein and the Iraqis would rain down poison gas and chemicals upon Israel and the rest of the world.

According to Haaretz, “Gas mask bongs, used by pot aficionados to intensify the drug’s impact, started flooding American head shops about a decade ago, some insiders say. That is roughly around the same time that the Israeli government recalled millions of masks it had distributed to civilians during the 2003 invasion of Iraq that the United States led. It’s hard to say whether that timing is coincidental.”

According to the Congressional Research Service’s March 2012 report, “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel” by Jeremy M. Sharp, “Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $115 billion in bilateral assistance.

“Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance.

“Strong congressional support for Israel has resulted in Israel receiving benefits not available to any other countries; for example, Israel can use some U.S. military assistance both for research and development in the United States and for military purchases from Israeli manufacturers.

“In addition, all U.S. assistance earmarked for Israel is delivered in the first 30 days of the fiscal year, while most other recipients normally receive aid in installments. In addition to receiving U.S. State Department-administered foreign assistance, Israel also receives funds from annual defense appropriations bills for joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense programs.”