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


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As of 6/16, more than 50,000 children in Gaza are in desperate need of immediate, intensive medical intervention for the severe malnutrition they're experiencing due to Israel's intentional and total blockade. These children will starve to death if nothing changes. When malnutrition gets this extreme, even if food became immediately and readily available, their bodies would not be able to handle it. Starving people are at high risk of refeeding syndrome, which is fatal without medical intervention. Because the body is so dysregulated from lack of nutrition, eating normally causes dramatic fluid and electrolyte shifts that lead to symptoms like seizures, coma, vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms, respiratory failure, delirium, hypotension, kidney dysfunction, congestive heart failure, and other life threatening health conditions. Last Wednesday, UNICEF attempted to deliver the necessary nutritional and medical supplies for 10,000 of these children to try and save them from being starved to death by Israel. After 13 hours, 8 of which were spent stopped at various Israeli checkpoints, they were unable to deliver the supplies due to Israeli forces. Israel cited paperwork issues due to the description of the vehicle - "was it a truck or a van?". That is the reason 10,000 children were not helped. In the World Food Programme's recent attempt to help Palestinians from being starved to death, they noted that conditions are beyond severe. Deputy Executive Director Carl Saku advised, "One million people in southern Gaza are trapped without clean water or sanitation in a highly congested area along the beach in the burning summer heat. We drove through rivers of sewage." Children across occupied-Palestine are not safe from Israel's aggression, either. Earlier today, Israel kidnapped a 7 year old boy, Bahaa Kazim Haj Mohammed, from Ramallah in the West Bank. His older brother was taken 3 days ago after Israeli forces raided the family's home. Israel's crimes against humanity must be stopped. I demand that you:  – Hold Israel accountable for a permanent, immediate ceasefire, their violations of the Genocide Convention, and gross human rights violations by any means necessary – Call for the immediate end of Israel’s occupation and apartheid and support Palestinians in their fight for freedom and peace – 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 resuming funding of UNRWA – 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 larger regional conflict

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