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


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The recent violence that Columbia University has demonstrated against lawful, peaceful protests by their students is beyond disturbing. This is the same university, however, that did nothing after students were attacked with chemical weapons at a peaceful protest by other students who were former Israeli military forces. I have seen this administration immediately, and rightfully condemn, real antisemitism. I have never, however, found that you have done anything regarding the ongoing violence against those protesting Islamophobia and Israel's genocide in Gaza. I am requesting you investigate Columbia University's violence immediately. The NYPD reported that there were no clear and present dangers as they were told by the university president who had requested their presence. Hundreds of students were suspended and then mass arrested for "trespassing". Columbia University students not only have every right to peacefully protest, they are doing so because Israel's horrors have not stopped. Earlier today, 4/19, Israeli forces attacked a worshipper headed to Al-Aqsa mosque for prayer. Only a couple days ago, 11 children were murdered by Israel from a targeted drone strike at playground in Al-Maghazi refugee camp. These horrific acts are only a small look at the recent events that have been unfolding. Americans have the constitutional right to free speech and protest and beyond that, it is a moral obligation to peacefully protest a genocide. 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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