PALESTINE: This is a crisis. The Israeli government has declared a genocidal war on Palestinians in Gaza. 

Israeli officials are openly planning to open “the gates of hell” on Gaza, referring to the 2 million Palestinians trapped inside as “human animals.” 

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The Israeli government has shut off all electricity to Gaza. Hospitals cannot save lives, the internet will collapse, people will have no phones to communicate with the outside world. Gaza will be plunged into darkness as Israel turns its neighborhoods to rubble.  Still worse, Israel has openly stated an intention to commit mass atrocities and even genocide, with Prime Minister Netanyahu saying the Israeli response will “reverberate for generations.”  All with the full throated support of the U.S. 

On Friday, the Israeli military called for all civilians of Gaza City - 1.1. Million people - to relocate south within 24 hours, as it amassed tanks for an expected ground invasion. The UN said evacuating everyone was impossible with power supplies cut and food and water in the Palestinian enclave running short after Israel placed Gaza under total siege, and said it would have “devastating humanitarian consequences.”

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It is absolutely urgent that Biden and Congress demand a de-escalation and call for a ceasefire, and demand that humanitarian assistance be allowed into the Gaza Strip. We must also not exacerbate and fuel violence by further arming the Israeli government as it commits mass atrocities. There is only one way to end violence and that is to address the root causes of everything happening: 75 years of Israeli military occupation and apartheid, and end U.S. complicity in this systemic oppression.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to act in this moment.  

Adapted from Jewish Voice for Peace