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


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Since this administration wants to try and cover up the extent of Israel's slaughter by banning the official death toll, we can look towards credible international organizations to provide the truth. The Gaza Health Ministry advised at the end of 2023 their ability to accurately identify and count all of the dead was hindered due to the unrelenting onslaught by Israeli forces. All credible human rights organizations back this up and agree their death toll is an undercount and does not include those missing and presumed dead under the rubble. As of 6/12/24, the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor estimated a total of 45,223 Palestinians have been murdered by Israel since 10/7. 15,620 are children. Their estimate includes those presumed dead under the rubble. This is an undercount to what it would be today, 7/2, because updated statistics aren't available in real-time as the Gaza Health Ministry's casualty figures are. The 6/12 statistics include more heartbreaking data. 1.7 million people, more than half of Gaza's total population is displaced. 467 schools have been destroyed. 699 religious sites of worship damaged, which include both Muslim mosques and Christian churches. 361 healthcare facilities destroyed, which includes hospitals, clinics, and ambulances. 2,750 Palestinians from Gaza taken as hostage in Israeli "military prisons". The breadth of destruction is jaw dropping. I dread to see the updated numbers. Recently released Palestinian hostages detailing the torture they've endured should shock the conscience of all who still have one. Faraj Al Samuni's testimony corroborates what other freed hostages have reported. Palestinians are tortured physically, psychologically, and sexually. Palestinian men in particular face more targeted sexual violence. 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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