Stop Funding Genocide - Permanent Ceasefire NOW
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Stop Funding Genocide - Permanent Ceasefire NOW

To: Pres. Biden, Sen. Butler, Rep. Lee, Sen. Padilla

From: A constituent in Oakland, CA

April 25

From Al Jazeera published April 25: “The European Union has backed a UN call for an independent investigation as more than 300 bodies have been retrieved from two mass graves at hospitals in Gaza following the withdrawal of Israeli forces. Five people have been killed and several wounded in the latest Israeli air strike on a residential building in southern Gaza’s Rafah city, where 1.5 million people are sheltering and in fear of a planned Israeli ground invasion, which military officials say is ‘moving ahead.’ US President Joe Biden signs into law a $95bn security package that includes $26bn in military support for Israel and $1bn in humanitarian aid to Gaza.” President Biden continues to supply and fund Israel while knowing since October 2023 that Israel has been targeting civilians. This is continued participation in Israel’s genocide of Palestinians and a violation of Leahy law, which prohibits our government from funding foreign forces who are implicated in gross human rights violations. Global human rights organizations have repeatedly characterized Israel’s gross human rights violations and war crimes as genocidal acts, including targeting hospitals and healthcare workers, targeting journalists and civilians, using starvation as a weapon, etc. The U.S. stands alone in vetoing Palestine’s request for U.N. membership. As people of conscience, we will not ignore this. I am demanding you to take immediate steps to stop Israel’s genocide of Palestinians by calling for 1) a total and permanent ceasefire, 2) humanitarian aid allowed to enter Gaza, 3) an end to Israel's siege on Gaza, 4) the release of all Palestinian and Israeli hostages, 5) no more weapons or funding to the Israeli military, 6) the reinstatement of UNRWA funding. A permanent ceasefire is an absolutely critical step to ensuring everlasting liberation and peace. The ICJ ruled that Israel should do everything in its power to prevent genocide. Never again means never again for anyone. Palestinians deserve to live with freedom and safety which means first stopping this genocide and then ensuring liberation from occupation and apartheid. The liberation and safety of Palestinians, Israelis, Jewish people, and Muslim people are intertwined. There can only be true safety when we are all free from oppression.

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