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


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You can't have it both ways - on one hand saying there needs to be an immediate ceasefire or U.S. policy towards Israel will change, and then have a press briefing where John Kirby reiterates the administration's "unwavering support" for Israel. So, which is it? Are you finally going to take a stand along with the rest of the world in the UN Human Rights Council's recent resolution calling for all arms transfers and sales to Israel to cease? We must suspend all military, diplomatic, and financial support for Israel to end our complicity in their genocidal ethnic cleansing campaign. Israel's reign of terror has never stopped outside the confines of the concentration-death camp of the Gaza strip. Worshippers at Al-Aqsa praying during Ramadan are being tear gassed and attacked by Israeli forces. Today, 4/5, there were reports of injuries due to suffocation from the amount of and types of gasses used. Your flippancy towards the grave nature of Israel's war crimes has direct consequences here in the U.S. Recently a college student at Columbia University, Leyla, was harassed and bullied for being Palestinian and speaking about the number of family members who have been murdered by Israel since 10/7. If you substituted Palestinian for any other nationality or ethnicity, this incident would be national news. Can you imagine Leya's heartbreak when she was crying after this incident and those students filmed and harassed her even more? This is only one example out of many Palestinian-Americans experiencing harassment directly related to your carte blanche support for and denial of Israel's war crimes. 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 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 - Pass legislation that voids all anti-BDS laws at the federal level – Vote no on H.R. 7521 and any similar legislation proposed

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