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To: Sen. Booker, Pres. Biden, Sen. Menendez, Rep. Van Drew

From: A constituent in Vineland, NJ

February 24

The 'Crisis in Gaza: Scenario-based Health Impact Projections Report One: 7 February to 6 August 2024' report was released recently by researchers from John Hopkins University and other experts. The current data is horrifying. Over the next 6 months, even if there is a permanent ceasefire right now, approximately 6,550 additional Palestinians will die. If there is no ceasefire - 58,260 will die. If there is an escalation in the genocide - 74,290 will die. These numbers assume there are no new epidemics in Gaza. Infectious diseases are a significant part of all projection scenarios. The time it will take to repair and install the water and sanitation infrastructure, along with building more adequate shelters for refugees, and restoring healthcare services make it impossible to stop excess deaths even if a ceasefire happened this second. Because of your inaction so far, you've condemned, at minimum, 6,550 people to death. That is in addition to the approximately 29,500 - 36,600 Palestinians who have been murdered so far since 10/7. And, this is our best case scenario - your actions so far have made it clear that you will not leverage the U.S.'s ability to force Israel to stop. This genocide has only been accelerating every single day. Because of you, we will likely reach the grim milestone of over 100,000 Palestinians murdered in Gaza this year. These numbers only account for those murdered in Gaza - not the hundreds already murdered in other areas of occupied-Palestine, the hostages Israel has continued to abduct and force into death camps, "military prison", or those who have been similarly assaulted by Israel in neighboring countries like Lebanon and Yemen. 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

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