Stop Genocide Denial - Permanent Ceasefire NOW
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Stop Genocide Denial - Permanent Ceasefire NOW

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

From: A constituent in Oakland, CA

July 1

Genocide denial is the attempt to minimize or redefine the scale and severity of a genocide, and sometimes even deny a genocide is or was being committed. It is the final stage of The 10 Stages of Genocide, a processual model that aims to demonstrate how genocides are committed. The goal of genocide denial is twofold: cast doubt on charges of genocide to protect perpetrators and silence survivors. Campaigns of genocide denial are multi-faceted and cover a variety of actions. These are some of the common aspects that can be found in most genocide denials: Redefining The Killing (e.g., describing Israel’s massacres of Palestinian civilians as defense), Arguing Down The Numbers Of Those Killed (e.g., minimizing numbers from Gaza Health Ministry), Victim Blaming (e.g., saying civilians are human shields and expected casualties of war), Denying Ongoing Killing (e.g., claiming this is a war between equal sides), Blocking Human Rights Investigations (e.g., U.S. maintaining ICJ rulings of Israel’s genocide as unfounded), Destruction of Evidence. The U.S. has been engaging in genocide denial. 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. International scholar and lawyer, Francesca Albanese, has documented how Israel’s gross human rights violations and war crimes are genocidal acts, including their targeting of hospitals and healthcare workers, targeting journalists and civilians, using starvation as a weapon, etc. Israeli government officials have repeatedly expressed genocidal intent. The U.S. continues to ignore the U.N. resolution on March 25 for a ceasefire. 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 bilateral ceasefire (which is what a ceasefire is), 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 U.N.R.W.A funding. A permanent ceasefire is an absolutely critical step to ensuring everlasting liberation and peace. The I.C.J. 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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