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


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You should read Save The Children's recent report about Palestinian children being detained in Israeli military prisons. It's publicly available on their website. How can you unconditionally support Israel when they have been detaining CHILDREN in MILITARY prisons for decades? Children are being physically and sexually assaulted, put in solitary confinement, among other heinous acts. The report doesn't even cover what adults face in these dire conditions. The Israeli government has approximately 7,000 Palestinians detained and recently labeled every single one a terrorist, including the huge number of those who haven't been charged with a crime. A two year old child was recently kidnapped by the Israeli military and placed in this nightmare scenario. Tell me how that child is a terrorist. This isn't even the first time they've attacked toddlers. More than two-thirds of the Palestinians proposed for release by Israel under the current "truce" have not been convicted of a crimes. They are hostages. It's that simple. I'm so grateful that Israeli hostages are currently being freed- I can only imagine how scared they have been. But the disparate number of Palestinians held hostage by Israel is reprehensible. ALL hostages must be immediately, and safely returned home. I am demanding that you: - Call for an immediate ceasefire- a "humanitarian pause" is completely insufficient - Call for the immediate end of apartheid, occupation, and ethnic cleansing of Palestine - Support both Israelis and Palestinians in efforts for real and long-lasting peace, safety, freedom, and equal rights for both groups - Continue to speak out against the disturbing rise of antisemitism, and ALSO equally condemn the rise of Islamophobia tearing our country apart - Withdraw all U.S. troops and assets sent to assist Israel - Permanently end all monetary and military aid given to Israel, whether it is directly or indirectly provided - Provide substantial, ongoing humanitarian relief to all of occupied Palestine to help them rebuild, care for the sick & injured, bury the dead with dignity, and to ensure all of their basic needs are taken care of and unable to be restricted now and in the future by any government or group - Not support any legislation that directly or indirectly allows for targeting of Palestinians both in the U.S. and abroad - Protect my freedom of speech and work against all efforts of censorship whether the form is governmental control of the Internet, penalties in-person, or other means of silencing - Restore my right of free speech to criticize any government or political ideology and provide protection against targeting, discrimination, and harassment for doing so - Repeal all federal anti-BDS laws for businesses and individuals and pass legislation that voids any and all state-level anti-BDS laws - Stop the militarization of our police force by ending the cross-training done with the IOF, and all other ways this is accomplished

▶ Created on November 27, 2023 by Sarah

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