1. United States
  2. Ill.
  3. Letter


To: Sen. Duckworth, Rep. García, Pres. Biden, Sen. Durbin

From: A constituent in Berwyn, IL

March 1

The majority of the population in Gaza is trapped in Rafah, hungry, thirsty, without medical care, or humanitarian aid. Those still in northern areas are starving to death at horrifying rates. Earlier today, 2/29, more than 100 people were murdered and 750 wounded after Israeli forces opened fire on those in line waiting for aid trucks bringing flour to arrive. There is no possible justification for this massacre. This is not self-defense. This is genocide. Save The Children's recent statement, "We are running out of words to describe what children and families in Gaza are going through as well as the tools to respond in any adequate way. The scale of death and destruction is astronomical." should horrify every person in the world. I demand that you:  - Call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire - Call for the immediate end of Israel's occupation and apartheid and support Palestinians in their fight for freedom and peace - Hold Israel accountable for their violations of the Genocide Convention and all other international laws by any means necessary - Secure the immediate release and safety of all Palestinians who have been abducted and held captive by Israel, including those whose indefinite detention began prior to 10/7 - Permanently end all monetary, diplomatic, and military aid given to Israel and enforce Leahy Law - Reallocate all funds given to Israel and commit additional resources for ongoing humanitarian relief for Palestinians starting with immediately resume funding of UNRWA - Immediately withdraw all U.S. troops, military assets, and all other assets deployed throughout the Middle East and cease all actions that further escalate a larger regional conflict - Pass legislation that voids all anti-BDS laws at the federal level - Restore my right to free speech and the freedom of the press by condemning all discrimination or harassment for criticizing any government or political ideology (including zionism) and by doing everything possible to prevent future assaults to my rights, including governmental control and/or censorship of the Internet

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