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


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Only 4 humanitarian aid trucks have entered Gaza in the last 24 hours through the recently reopened Kerem Shalom crossing. Before 10/7 when Palestinians weren't be starved to death and deprived of every basic necessity of life, 500 trucks of supplies entered daily. The Kerem Shalom crossing is one that's been targeted by Israeli settler-colonial terrorists since at least March, to stop the trucks from being able to enter Gaza. Due to Israel intentionally blocking humanitarian aid trucks, the food that has been waiting for entry at the Rafah crossing is beginning to rot. This has been the main crossing for supplies even prior to 10/7, and is currently closest to the majority of the population of Gaza. It's day 232, 5/26, of Israel's genocide. 116,000 supply trucks would have entered Gaza since 10/7 if 500 were received every day. Estimates put the number of daily trucks needed just to prevent people from starving to death is 600- 139,200. The total of trucks since 10/7 to today are hard to find specific numbers for, but January 21st, per Israel, it was only 12,000. If we assume a constant rate per day, that means approximately 26,264 total trucks have entered for the entire genocidal war. That's a deficit of 112,936 humanitarian aid trucks. These are imperfect estimates - we already know that aid delivery became even more restricted since January. Explaining these basic figures, however, is where this next statement is backed up by - since 10/7 Israel has decreased the amount of aid needed to keep Gaza from starving by 81%. If you don't believe me you can do the math yourself. This is one of the reasons why when this administration and Israel lie that there is no issue with humanitarian aid being restricted, I know it is a blatant and disgusting lie. 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 – 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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