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16 Dec

Jewish Voice for Peace – Gaza March

Jewish Voice for Peace

FOR THE SAKE OF GAZA, CALL CONGRESS
THIS WEEK:

1. Locate your Representative’s phone number here. (This will be the third name, immediately following those of your two Senators.)

2. Call TODAY and

  • Tell your Representative that you support the lifting of the siege of Gaza: it harms Palestinians and does not protect Israelis.
  • Ask your Representative to sign the McDermott/Ellison and the Moran/Inglis Gaza letters.

AFTER YOUR CALL,
JOIN THE GAZA FREEDOM MARCH IN YOUR TOWN:

www.gazafreedommarch.org/solidarity

Dear Richard,

We are approaching the one-year anniversary of “Operation Cast Lead,” Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza, which killed about 1,400 Palestinians, injured thousands more, and caused devastating damage to the Palestinian civilian infrastructure. Almost a year later, the possibility for healing and recovery is hampered by the ever tightening siege of Gaza.

A few members of the U.S. Congress are beginning to take small steps to protest against the devastating impact of Israel’s ongoing blockade of Gaza. This is where you come in. Even though their steps are small, they merit our support. Will you pick up the phone today and call your Congressional representative today?

Before Congress goes on its winter recess, scheduled for Friday, December 18, Representatives Jim McDermott and Keith Ellison are seeking signatures on a “Dear Colleague” letter to President Obama which criticizes Israel’s blockade of Gaza as “de facto collective punishment” leading to the “unabated suffering of Gazan civilians.”

In addition, Representatives Jim Moran and Bob Inglis are seeking signatures on a “Dear Colleague” letter to Secretary of State Clinton urging her to “press the Israeli government to end the ban on student travel from Gaza to the West Bank.”  (The full text of both letters can be seen here.)

Call your Representative today and tell her/him that you support lifting the siege of Gaza and that they should sign the McDermott/Ellison “Support Improvements in Gaza Humanitarian Conditions” letter and the Moran/Inglis “Support Higher Education Opportunities for Gazan Students in the West Bank” letter.

After your call, there’s one more thing for you to do: support the Gaza Freedom March. Over 1,000 people from 42 countries have signed up to participate in the December 31 Gaza Freedom March, co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, that will mark the one-year anniversary of the Israeli invasion and call for an end to the siege that has brought 1.5 million people to the edge of disaster.

If you are actually going to Gaza for the march and want to meet other JVPers, let us know, and we will put you in contact with each other.

If you are not going to Gaza, please participate in solidarity activities in your town! You can find a growing list of these here: www.gazafreedommarch.org/solidarity

Thanks,

Sydney Levy
Jewish Voice for Peace


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