An open letter to the President & U.S. Congress


Hi staffer, I've got some scary news to share. Israel's National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, is advocating for passing legislation that would give the death penalty to anyone the state labels a terrorist. To be clear, I do not support terrorists, but this bill goes beyond its publicly stated use- it would apply to all Palestinians being detained, which includes all of the children in this disturbing situation. Approximately 10,000 Palestinians would be killed if this law passes. Prior to October 7th, they had 170 children in prison. You are the only one left to hear me. Please, please don't let more children die. Give this letter to the government and tell them they are supposed to be civil servants and the voice of Americans, and they have not been listening. Participate in another staffer walkout. Do anything you can, I am begging you. As for your boss, this is my message: I ask you to: - Call for an immediate ceasefire- a "humanitarian pause" is completely insufficient - Call for the immediate end of apartheid, occupation, and ethnic cleansing of Palestine - Support both Israelis and Palestinians in efforts for real and long-lasting peace, safety, freedom, and equal rights for both groups - Continue to speak out against the disturbing rise of antisemitism, and ALSO equally condemn the rise of Islamophobia tearing our country apart - Withdraw all U.S. troops and assets sent to assist Israel - Permanently end all monetary and military aid given to Israel, whether it is directly or indirectly provided - Provide substantial, ongoing humanitarian relief to all of occupied Palestine to help them rebuild, care for the sick & injured, bury the dead with dignity, and to ensure all of their basic needs are taken care of and unable to be restricted now and in the future by any government or group - Not support any legislation that directly or indirectly allows for targeting of Palestinians both in the U.S. and abroad - Protect my freedom of speech and work against all efforts of censorship whether the form is governmental control of the Internet, penalties in-person, or other means of silencing - Restore my right of free speech to criticize any government or political ideology and provide protection against targeting, discrimination, and harassment for doing so - Repeal all federal anti-BDS laws for businesses and individuals and pass legislation that voids any and all state-level anti-BDS laws - Stop the militarization of our police force by ending the cross-training done with the IOF, and all other ways this is accomplished

▶ Created on November 20 by Sarah

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