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


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James Elder, from UNICEF, witnessed Israeli sniper forces murdering 3 men while they were fishing on the beach nearby several days ago. Aid workers from UNICEF and the other humanitarian organizations there begged Israel for access to the men to give medical aid. They were denied. The men bled out on the beach. When the fishermen's friends cautiously returned to the beach to try and save the men, Elder witnessed them return with their dead bodies. One man had been shot in the back. Another had been shot in the neck. Elder and other aid workers saw this while they were waiting for Israel to allow access into Gaza to deliver medical supplies for 10,000 children being starved to death. The truck had been previously approved, but Israel turned them back after over 8 hours of waiting due to paperwork contentions over if the truck was a van or not. What an incredible microcosm of Israel's genocide in one experience. None of this is new. None of this is accidental. This is the intentional design of Israel's genocide you are participating via direct funding and U.S. military forces on the ground. The "humanitarian aid floating pier" built with my tax dollars as a publicity stunt has only brought more destruction to Gaza. Humanitarian aid through this pier was already incredibly minimal, and now its stopped entirely. Is that because once it was used to facilitate the Nuseirat refugee camp massacre, it served its true purpose? 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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