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


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There are recent reports that children in Gaza are dying not from bombs, but now from cardiac arrest. A doctor on the ground relayed to a friend that "kids in Gaza have trauma beyond their endurance" and that children are dying from heart attacks due to the fear from the constant bombardments, lack of rest for months, and severe malnutrition eating away at their heart muscles. While utterly horrifying, this was not an unexpected development. The IPC, WFP, and other international humanitarian organizations have been warning the world repeatedly over the past several months that if this assault on Gaza does not end, the deaths due to disease, starvation, and other preventable health issues would start happening in rapid numbers. I've written you every day for months and have warned you similarly. You can't pretend you didn't know this was going to happen. This is your fault. Everyone knows that the US could stop this genocide right now - pulling back diplomatic cover, military aid, and financial assistance would force Israel to cease. I demand that you:  - Call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza, the West Bank, and all areas the Israeli military is murdering or otherwise violating the human rights of Palestinians - Call for the immediate end of genocide, apartheid, and occupation, and support Palestinians in their fight for freedom, peace, and their human rights - Call for the immediate release of Palestinian “prisoners” (hostages) held captive in Israeli military prisons - Permanently end all monetary and military aid given to Israel by correcting our budget and enforcing Leahy Law - Reallocate all funds given to Israel to ongoing humanitarian relief for Palestinians to help them rebuild, care for the sick & injured, bury the dead with dignity, and ensure all of their basic needs are taken care of - Repeal all federal anti-BDS laws and pass legislation that voids all state-level anti-BDS laws - Restore my right to free speech and the freedom of the press by condemning all discrimination or harassment for criticizing any government or political ideology (including zionism) and by doing everything possible to prevent future assaults to my rights, including governmental control and/or censorship of the Internet - Stop the militarization of our police by ending all cross-training done with the Israeli military, ceasing the construction of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, and all other ways this is accomplished - Pass legislation that prohibits any governmental action that would target any ethnic, religious, or other minority group (including Palestinians), either in the U.S. or abroad, by restricting humanitarian or financial aid, infringing on their human rights, or other actions that would otherwise bring harm or cause undue burdens on said groups

▶ Created on January 19 by Sarah

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