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


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I am absolutely disgusted by the preemptive letter several Republican Senators sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) ahead of the recent announcement of arrest warrants being pursued for Netanyahu and Gallant. Biden's claim the warrants are "outrageous" and that Israel isn't committing a genocide IS the outrageous part. The letter from the Senators reads disgustingly similar to the threatening letter members of the House of Representatives sent to Reuters for their reporting on the horrors Israel is inflicting on Gaza. It reminds me of the other threatening letter multiple state attorney generals sent to the New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN, and Reuters back in December for the same reason. The consensus on Israel's actions constituting a genocide are clear. Even multiple U.S. federal lawyers and policymakers have recently advised this administration that continuing to provide Israel financial and military support violates domestic and international law. These clear attempts to coerce journalists and the International Criminal Court to overlook Israel's genocide are disgusting. I'd like to borrow the same language this government has used - your actions are "unethical, inhumane, and indefensible". "Now [you] are on notice. Follow the law". "You have been warned". Today, 5/21, over the last 24 hours Israel has massacred over 85 people, and injured over 200 in Gaza. At the same time, Israel was, again, assaulting the town of Jenin in the West Bank and murdered at least 7, which included a teacher and a doctor. Israel's genocide has never been confined to just Gaza. The methods employed to terrorize the rest of occupied-Palestine may vary but the goal is the same. Doctors are not a target. Teachers are not a target. Civilians are not a target. 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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