Our country is ruled by AIPAC and Israel, not its citizens- CEASEFIRE NOW
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Our country is ruled by AIPAC and Israel, not its citizens- CEASEFIRE NOW

To: Sen. Gillibrand, Pres. Biden, Rep. Tenney, Sen. Schumer

From: A verified voter in Seneca Falls, NY

May 27

We have, for months on end, watched thousands of Palestinian children and babies and mothers and grandparents die in bombed schools, hospitals, homes, and refugee tents. It seems like Israeli soldiers find joy in cruelty, burning down libraries and kicking little kids, dumping people in mass graves and bulldozing them, murdering doctors, blowing up aid workers. Too many times, I have heard from both Republican and Democrat politicians that you stand with Israel’s “right to defend themselves,” that it is a long and “complicated” history - and it seems like weird talking points that just don’t stand up to the reality that we are seeing. Why is it so hard to speak out against Israel? As a Jewish American committed to justice and peace, I will only vote for candidates who similarly support these values. Some candidates in our recent elections have demonstrated an understanding of Israel’s 70+ year ethnic cleansing of Palestine and how the United States has given billions and billions of dollars to make it happen. You, however, have not. As someone who has yet to call for a ceasefire, you have lost my vote. I have followed the reports of the ways that AIPAC has dumped millions into multiple federal elections to smear anyone who has spoken out in support of Palestine. I know that you have personally received hundreds of thousands of dollars from AIPAC. I am writing to ask you: are you representing me, or AIPAC? Can you tell me, seriously, is there anything Israel could do that would lose you? Anyone with a basic understanding of free speech repression and the history of McCarthyism in the US can see that the same thing is happening now - and that you are fulling supprting it!! We are in an era where no one is allowed to speak out against Israel’s occupation, ethnic cleansing, and genocide because… what? Like, PLEASE SPELL OUT FOR ME: what’s the bad thing that will happen? That Hamas will win? What does that even mean??? I want the Palestinian people to get their land back! I want my Jewish identity and family history to STOP BEING USED TO JUSTIFY GENOCIDE. I want our tax dollars to stay here to help us with the MANY problems we have in this nation! Like campaign finance reform for example! Like egregious wealth disparity! Like teachers getting cut and the climate crisis! Why is all this cruelty worth it to you? To stand against the United Nations? To keep dumping money and weapons into Israel? It makes zero sense to me and I am terrified of the implications for our democracy that AIPAC is controlling my local elections now. No more money or weapons to Israel, aid to Palestine now! Sanctions and arms embargo on Israel! Ceasefire NOW.

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