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To: Sen. Cotton, Pres. Biden, Sen. Boozman, Rep. Crawford

From: A constituent in Blytheville, AR

February 12

Mansour Shouman, a Palestinian-Canadian journalist, is trapped in the Nasser Hospital which is currently under a total siege. As of 2/11, no one has heard from him in over 24 hours. The hospital is currently being bombed. Snipers have been murdering anyone in the area trying to flee to safety. On 2/9, 21 civilians were murdered outside the Nasser Hospital. There are only 5 doctors remaining- Dr. Muhammad Harara and other medical staff were fired upon this morning trying to save people outside. The barbaric slaughter is already underway at Nasser Hospital - the same horrific story we've seen over and over again in other hospitals in Gaza. I am terrified that those desperately sheltering at Nasser Hospital will all meet the same fates as those at the Al-Shifa Hospital- murdered or abducted to be tortured. The director of the Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Abu Salmiya, has been tortured every day since his abduction and illegal detention by Israel. Both of his arms have been broken by Israeli torturers. He is being starved, deprived of sleep, chained and forced to crawl like an animal, among other disturbing acts. I demand that you:  - Call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza and all other areas of occupied-Palestine - Call for the immediate end of Israel's occupation and apartheid brutally imposed on Palestine, and support Palestinians in their fight for freedom and peace - Hold Israel accountable for their war crimes and violations of the Genocide Convention and other international laws - 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 - Immediately resume funding of UNRWA and commit additional resources to all humanitarian groups providing aid to Palestinians not only because it is the right thing to do, but to end U.S. complicity in genocide - Permanently end all monetary, diplomatic, and military aid given to Israel by correcting our budget and enforcing our own laws like Leahy Law - Reallocate all funds given to Israel for ongoing humanitarian relief for Palestinians to help them rebuild, care for the sick & injured, bury the dead with dignity, and ensure all of their basic needs are taken care of - 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 regional conflict - Repeal all federal anti-BDS laws and pass legislation that voids all state-level anti-BDS laws - 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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