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URGENT-CALL CONGRESS: Stop the House from Following the Senate's Folly

January 8th, 2009

The Senate has just made a grave mistake and we need your help to stop the House from repeating it.  The Senate just unanimously voted on a resolution that essentially pats Israel on the back for "defending itself" from Hamas, and the House will likely follow their lead tomorrow (Friday).

Call your Representative NOW to tell them to vote "NO" on any resolution which fails to call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, and for unimpeded access for humanitarian aid into Gaza and a lifting of Israel's illegal siege.

There are several biased resolutions on the table, most of which applaud Israel for being a strong ally in the "Global War on Terror;" falsely blame Hamas for breaking the cease-fire; fail to recognize the legitimacy of Palestinian elections; and say absolutely nothing about Israel's responsibility for the killing and injuring of Palestinians and imposing collective punishment on them through a brutal siege-all with U.S. weapons.

If you don't know who represents you in Congress, then you can find out at Congress.org (enter your zip code in the upper right corner of the website). Once you know who represents you call 202.224.3121 and the operator will connect you to your Representative.

When you are connected to your Representative's office, keep your message short and to the point. Tell them:

We need an immediate, unconditional cease-fire. Biased resolutions that enable Israel to continue killing and injuring Palestinians are unacceptable. Israel has killed more than an estimated 700 Palestinians and injured more than 3,000 since Dec. 27. Resolutions that condition a cease-fire will only lead to more needless death and destruction.

Demand unrestricted access for humanitarian aid. Israel is allowing through only a trickle of humanitarian aid into Gaza. As the Occupying Power of the Gaza Strip, Israel is legally obligated by the 4th Geneva Convention to ensure that Palestinians receive adequate supplies of food, medical supplies, and other necessities of life. Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip imposes an illegal collective punishment on 1.5 million civilians by denying them access to these vital supplies in violation of international law. Israel must lift its siege of the Gaza Strip to comply with its Geneva Convention obligations and humanitarian aid deliveries must be allowed to enter without restrictions.

Israel is misusing U.S. weapons to attack a civilian population. Instead of placing blame for Israel's war on and siege of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on the victims, Members of Congress should join with Rep. Dennis Kucinich in demanding from the Secretary of State an investigation into Israel's violations of the Arms Export Control Act. Members of Congress must hold Israel accountable for its misuse of U.S. weapons to kill Palestinian civilians in violation of U.S. and international law, not vote for resolutions which justify these illegal killings.

We've heard from sources in Congressional offices that 20 phone calls from each district can prevent Representatives from supporting these atrocious resolutions cheerleading Israel on as they collectively punish the people of Gaza AND we are partnering with CodePink, Peace Action, United for Peace and Justice, Progressive Democrats of America, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and other national groups to make our voices heard in the House - Your call WILL make a difference - call 202.224.3121 NOW to join our national movement.

After asking your Representative to vote NO on these bad resolutions, we also encourage you to call your Senators at 202.224.3121 and register your displeasure with their abhorrant unanimous vote to blame Gazans for Israel's siege and assault.

Don't forget to amplify our voice in Congress by having your friends call in.  Click here to send your friends an email asking them to call their Representative.

Find more info on Israel's misuse of U.S. weapons by clicking here. For more tips on what you can do to help end Israel's war on Gaza, join our facebook group, click here to check out the action page on our website, click here for a list of protests and vigils across the U.S., or click here for more news and analysis from GazaSiege.org.

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