Last week, thousands of people responded to calls to end Israel’s siege of Gaza by contacting their Members of Congress and the White House. Over the weekend, dozens of protests, vigils, and interfaith services took place all over the United States demanding an end to Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinians in Gaza.
Your solidarity with the people of Gaza is making a difference. Some Members of Congress have joined the chorus of voices demanding the United States pressure Israel to end the siege on Gaza and the humanitarian crisis that it is causing.
In a sharply-worded letter initiated by Rep. Dennis Kucinich and sent to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on January 23, eleven Members of Congress called on the United States to exert its “influence to urge Israel to end its blockade of Gaza.”
The letter details the humanitarian crisis caused by Israel’s siege of Gaza and states that “collective punishment is never a tolerable response from Israel, nor should the United States excuse it.” These Members of Congress term Israel’s blockade of Gaza “illegal” and chastise the Administration for blocking a UN Security Council Resolution condemning the siege. They state that “The [Bush] Administration has the responsibility and the authority to ensure that Israel comply with international law and protect the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza.”
To read the full text of the letter, click here.
It is exceedingly rare for Members of Congress to come out so unequivocally and forcefully in support of Palestinian human rights and for holding Israel accountable to the standards of international law. That is why it is extremely important for you to take a minute right now to send a letter of thanks to these Members of Congress by clicking here.
These Members of Congress need to know that thousands of people in the United States appreciate their bold statement, so please take a minute to thank them by clicking here.
Alphabetical List of Signatories
* Neil Abercrombie (HI)
* John Conyers, Jr. (MI)
* Danny Davis (IL)
* Sam Farr (CA)
* Raul Grijalva (AZ)
* Maurice Hinchey (NY)
* Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX)
* Dennis Kucinich (OH)
* Betty McCollum (MN)
* Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)
* James Oberstar (MN)
Don’t forget to send these Members of Congress a letter of thanks because you know that supporters of Israel’s human rights abuses will be bombarding these offices to protest. Take action now by clicking here.