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


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The white phosphorous ammunitions made in the U.S. and provided to Israel by this administration have been used, AGAIN, as chemical weapons of genocide on the besieged and trapped people in Rafah, one of the most densely populated places in the entire world. This is a war crime. International humanitarian law restricts usage of these munitions on or near populated areas. This is because white phosphorous causes chemical burns that will eat flesh to the bone. The only way to treat it is with repeat flushing with clean water and excising the affected tissue. There is no clean water. There is only one hospital operating in Gaza now, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, and in less than 48 hours they will run out of fuel. Per the WHO, white phosphorus is harmful to humans by all routes of exposure. After the brutality our country similarly inflicted on Fallujah, Iraq and Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008, the increase of severe birth defects skyrocketed. There is evidence that these prior munitions were laced with mercury in 2008, and with enriched uranium in the case of Iraq. What assurances are there these munitions being used aren't similarly laced? Even on its own studies have linked white phosphorous to birth defects. White phosphorous being used on people is an act of genocide - those who survive exposure have a high probability any future children they may have will be severely disabled at best and at worst not survive after birth. 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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