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


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Have we not participated enough in the death and destruction throughout the Middle East? The magnitude of suffering our country has created throughout the post-9/11 war zones including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen have led to the displacement of approximately 38 million, and the deaths of 4.5 million people as of 2023. While every person from those millions was not killed by direct fire from our troops, many died due to the lasting and horrific effects of war like the spread of diseases, lack of proper healthcare, limited access to food, and other causes directly attributable to our involvement in the region. The only difference between these horrifying acts and what is happening to Palestine now is that we can still save lives and stop their genocide. I demand that you:  - Call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza and all other areas of occupied-Palestine - Call for the immediate end of Israel's occupation and apartheid brutally imposed on Palestine, and support Palestinians in their fight for freedom and peace - Hold Israel accountable for their war crimes and violations of the Genocide Convention and other international laws - 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 - Immediately resume funding of UNRWA and commit additional resources to all humanitarian groups providing aid to Palestinians not only because it is the right thing to do, but to end U.S. complicity in genocide - Permanently end all monetary, diplomatic, and military aid given to Israel by correcting our budget and enforcing our own laws like Leahy Law - Reallocate all funds given to Israel for 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 - 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 regional conflict - 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

▶ Created on February 8 by Sarah

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