Dear President Obama and Congress,
We write out of concern over the recent escalation of violence in Israel/Palestine, and we call on you to immediately act to broker a ceasefire.
The United States can help save both Israeli and Palestinian lives by speaking out urgently in support of a ceasefire, and working vigorously with U.S. allies in the region to press for a ceasefire. Past experience indicates that the current conflict will likely end with a new ceasefire. The key question is how long it will take, how many people will be killed and injured, and how much will be destroyed in the meantime.
Although collective punishment has gone on for years, this past month Israel has escalated collective punishment tactics on the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza over the loss of three Israeli boys without any proof as to who is responsible. Israel has been bombing the people of Gaza and there are reports that a ground assault will begin soon. While Israel claims to target "terrorists," we know that civilian casualties are taking place. Many children have died, and even more have been injured –– and the numbers are growing. This is unacceptable.
The U.S. can help make the ceasefire last by pressing for an agreement that would permanently lift the blockade of Gaza.
The State Department should also continue to press for an investigation of the beating of U.S. citizen Tarek Abu Khdeir while in Israeli police custody.
We call on you to immediately work toward a ceasefire.
CODEPINK: Women for Peace
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These past weeks our hearts have broken as we have witnessed the brutal deaths of both Palestinians and Israelis. We strongly condemn the targeting of civilians by all parties and call for an end...
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We must act to stop this escalation before more lives are lost.
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