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TELL THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: HANDS OFF JERUSALEM, PROTECT PALESTINIAN RIGHTS, CONDITION US AID

Dear President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Secretary of State Blinken, 

Since the holidays of Ramadan, Passover, and Easter, converged, Israeli occupation forces have been raiding the Al Aqsa mosque, shooting tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinian Muslim worshipers. Hundreds of Palestinians have been arrested, many of whom are being held without charges or trial. Since April 2 when Ramadan began, at least 14 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured by Israeli forces who have been conducting middle-of-the-night raids and firing live ammunition at protesters. 

16-year-old Mohammad Zakarneh, who was leaving his work at a produce shop in the city of Jenin and heading home to break his Ramadan fast when he was shot and killed by soldiers on Sunday, April 10. That is the same day that 47-year-old Ghada Sabateen, an unarmed mother of six, widowed and blind in one eye, was shot in the leg and left to bleed to death. On Wednesday, April 13, 14-year-old Qusai Hamamrah was killed as Israeli forces used live ammunition against protestors. 

O April 19, Israeli forces attacked, rather than protected, Palestinians in the West Bank as thousands of violent extremist Israeli settlers, accompanied by far-right lawmakers, marched to the evacuated outpost of Homesh. 

Your administration's failure to reverse the Trump administration’s dangerous policies relating to Israel/Palestine is sending a message that Israel can continue to commit gross violations of Palestinian rights with impunity.  

We the undersigned condemn Israel’s current escalations and ongoing repression and ask that U.S. military aid be made contingent upon an immediate settlement freeze, lifting of the siege on Gaza, and securing equal rights for all people in the Holy Land. We ask you to immediately reverse such Trump-era policies as recognition of the Golan Heights as belonging to Israel (it doesn’t), the designation of Israeli settlements as not illegal (they are), and the (mis)labeling of products made in West Bank settlements as “Made in Israel.”

Israeli settlements are war crimes under international law. They have dispossessed Palestinians of their land, taken over natural resources, built segregated infrastructure and turned Palestine into a series of Bantustans through relentless annexation.

May 2022 will mark one year since Israel’s last all-out war on Gaza. The May 2021 11-day assault killed over 250 people, including 67 children.  Around 2,000 people were wounded as Israel bombed residential buildings, medical facilities, media centers, and vital infrastructure. That war started with Israeli repression at Al Aqsa, just like we are seeing today. Please act immediately to end Israel’s ongoing repression and stop another all-out war from breaking out. 

Sincerely,

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  • Marjorie Johnson
    signed 2022-05-11 21:26:49 -0400
    Support the lives of Palestinians~
  • Beverly Bean
    signed 2022-05-11 17:46:46 -0400
  • Maya Roy
    signed 2022-05-11 17:03:27 -0400
  • Benjamin Deutsch
    signed 2022-05-11 15:16:49 -0400
    This is beyond egregious human rights violations.


    Our country, people and leadership can work together with Israel and Palestine to end this mistreatment and return our mutual relationships to peaceful cooperation and understanding so as to resolve conflict and build a relationship of strength.


    Perhaps our country can also work with our larger global community in order to put a stop to profiteering from war operations, whether being conducted economically or militarily — in order to make illegal, under our system of mutually respected laws and liberties — the paying of private and standing publicly funded armies to conduct attacks upon others, whether living persons, entities, buildings, infrastructure, heritage sites, — all inclusive – no war, of any kind — this is senseless and this will not be conducted in our name.
  • Susan Hish
    signed 2022-05-11 14:49:58 -0400
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    signed 2022-05-11 03:53:14 -0400
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    signed 2022-05-10 20:30:17 -0400
  • Jo Hayward-Haines
    signed 2022-05-10 20:25:48 -0400
    The effects in immense sufferings from these military crimes cannot easily be forgiven.
  • Maikel Corrales
    signed 2022-05-10 20:22:57 -0400
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  • Gulcehre Ciplak
    signed 2022-05-09 02:54:46 -0400
    These are some of the worst ongoing war crimes, why is Israel getting away with such inhuman acts for somany years, DISGUSTING
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