ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Ask Congress to stop U.S. complicity in suffering, to support a just peace in Israel & Palestine

from the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy

NOTE: Pax Christi USA is a member of the Faith Forum. This is their “Third Thursday for Israel-Palestine” action for July. 

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

July 9, 2014 marked the 10-year anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) advisory opinion on the legality of Israel’s construction of the separation barrier. In its opinion the ICJ declared that the barrier being built by Israel in occupied Palestinian territory is illegal, that it should be torn down, and that those who have suffered as a consequence of its construction should be compensated. Yet 10 years later, the barrier remains, cutting into Palestinian territory and separating Palestinians from schools, work, and neighbors. Given its projected route, it is estimated that, if completed, around 85% of the barrier will run inside the West Bank, de facto annexing West Bank land and water resources to Israel.

A Palestinian youth rides his bicycle next to Israel's apartheid wall on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

A Palestinian youth rides next to Israel’s apartheid wall on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

As violence escalates throughout Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank, it is abundantly clear that the underlying causes of this human tragedy must be addressed. All aspects of Israel’s illegal military occupation–including the barrier in the West Bank and the blockade on Gaza–will need to end, in order for a just and secure future to result.

Take action to end the violence – for today, and for the future.  Let your senators and representative know that as a person of faith, respecting the dignity of every human being you call on them to:

  • Demand an immediate ceasefire by all parties.
  • Condemn all violence against civilians, both by Palestinians and by Israeli forces. It is clear that rockets from Gaza target civilian areas in Israel. It also must be made clear that in Gaza, where 1.8 million people live in a 140-square-mile area, with borders controlled by Israel and Egypt, civilians are often in harm’s way from Israeli fire, regardless of the intended target.
  • Insist on an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, including full dismantlement of the barrier built on Palestinian land, and an end to the Gaza blockade.
  • Recognize that U.S. diplomatic and financial support enable the occupation. The U.S. provides over $3 billion per year in military aid to Israel.
  • Condition military aid to Israel on its compliance with U.S. law and policy. Questions must be raised about how U.S. military aid to Israel is being used in order to ensure that it is not enabling human rights violations including those arising from the construction of the separation barrier, and contributing, for example, to the support of settlements in contradiction of U.S. policy.

10 years after the ICJ ruling, 47 years into the occupation, now is the time to say:  Enough.  Call on Congress to stop U.S. complicity in suffering and to support U.S. policy for a just peace.

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Sample Letter

Dear Senator/Representative,

In its July 9, 2004 advisory opinion, the International Court of Justice declared that the barrier being built by Israel in occupied Palestinian territory is illegal, that it should be torn down, and that those who have suffered as a consequence of its construction should be compensated.  Yet 10 years later, the barrier remains, cutting into Palestinian territory and separating Palestinians from schools, work, and neighbors.  Given its projected route, it is estimated that, if completed, around 85% of the barrier will run inside the West Bank, de facto annexing West Bank land and water resources to Israel.

As violence escalates throughout Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank, it is abundantly clear that the underlying causes of this human tragedy must be addressed. All aspects of Israel’s illegal military occupation–including the barrier in the West Bank and the blockade on Gaza–will need to end, in order for a just and secure future to result.

As a person of faith, respecting the dignity of every human being, I call on you to:

  • Demand an immediate ceasefire by all parties.
  • Condemn all violence against civilians, both by Palestinians and by Israeli forces. 
  • Insist on an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, including full dismantlement of the barrier built on Palestinian land, and an end to the Gaza blockade.
  • Recognize that U.S. diplomatic and financial support enable the occupation. 
  • Condition military aid to Israel on its compliance with U.S. law and policy.  Call for an examination into how U.S. military aid to Israel is being used in order to ensure that it is not enabling human rights violations including those arising from the construction of the separation barrier, and contributing, for example, to the support of settlements in contradiction of U.S. policy.

I believe that such calls and actions by members of Congress will serve to support U.S. policy for a just peace.

Thank you for your consideration, and I remain grateful for your service,

YOUR SIGNATURE

3 responses to “ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Ask Congress to stop U.S. complicity in suffering, to support a just peace in Israel & Palestine

  1. The underlying causes of this Horrific situation in the Holy Land in particular demands to be addressed and rectified! The United States bares the largest responsibility for this because, We as a Nation have been given So Much! “For those who have been given much, Much is expected!

  2. Susan Morris

    Stop the killing of the Palestinian people!
    SjImorris@msn.com
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  3. Joe Marcinkowski

    Time for Israel to stop killing the Palestinians and allow them full citizenship in Israel. It worked in South Africa.