Israel murdered over 24,000 Gazans during 104 days of bombing, but the US decided that’s not enough death and destruction. On January 12 the US launched 100 missiles at Yemen in response to Yemen’s blockade of commercial shipping to Israel – an attempt to end the genocide in Gaza!
Both Yemen and the US are obligated by the UN’s Genocide Convention to prevent and punish genocide. Instead the US is using its power to punish Yemen for fulfilling these obligations. The Houthis in Yemen were designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the Trump Administration to block aid from entering Yemen. Biden removed the Houthis from the terrorist list in 2021 in an attempt to reverse Trump’s bad Yemen policy – now the Biden Administration just added the Houthis to the Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) list! This will block aid agencies from distributing much needed aid to Houthi controlled areas, which is 70% of the Yemeni population – 22 MILLION PEOPLE! This policy will only kill innocent Yemenis and is a huge escalation towards a regional conflict!
This moment of escalation demands immediate and constant action. We’ve been hard at work for the last week. We had an emergency protest outside the White House right after the news broke that Biden was bombing Yemen. Last Saturday, our CODEPINK contingent descended on Washington with over 400,000 people to demand a ceasefire in Gaza. Immediately following the march we took to the White House again and took Biden’s atrocities to his doorstep, displaying hundreds of bloody baby dolls telling him the blood of Palestinian children was on his hands.
We’ve also been taking action through hunger strikes and fasts, and we invite you to join us and others in the #FastforGaza. We’re asking folks to commit to 200 calories a day, the amount Gazans receive if they’re lucky. Some have committed to a few days while others are committed until ceasefire in Gaza! Each day, you can send us a photo of what you have chosen for your 200 calorie meal, and some fasters will be sharing their experiences in Congressional offices. We encourage you to donate whatever money you would have spent on the other 2000 calories to those in Gaza!
You have been doing great at keeping up the momentum for Palestine. Let’s show the US and Israel that we have more than enough love and passion to extend to both Yemen and Palestine!
👉 There’s plenty of ways to take action:
- Sign our petition to demand the Houthis in Yemen are taken OFF the terrorist list!
- If you’re in the US: Join our phone bank to say: Hands Off Yemen!
- Join the #FastforGaza! Or if you’re unable to, Send Food to Gaza!
- Check out our Toolkit for South Africa’s case against Israel in the ICJ!
- Join us on 1/22 for the next Missing Peace Monday Community Call!
- Watch Medea’s speech from the march on Washington 4 Gaza!
- Join our Palestine Twitter group!
We will not sit silently while innocent people are being bombed, regardless if it’s happening in Gaza or Yemen!
Nour and the whole CODEPINK Team