Friday, the House of Representatives voted 390 yes, 5 no, and 22 present to
“recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself” and “reaffirming the United
States strong support for Israel.” To see if your Representative cosponsored
this resolution, click
here. To see how your Representative
voted, click here.
Last Thursday, the Senate voted on a similarly worded resolution, S.Res.10, which
passed by unanimous consent. To see if
your Senator cosponsored the resolution, click
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation opposed these resolutions because
they failed to call for an immediate
ceasefire and unimpeded humanitarian
access to the occupied Gaza Strip as required under the terms of UN
Security Council Resolution 1860. The
resolutions also blamed the victims—the Palestinians—for the civilian
casualties and humanitarian catastrophe Israel
is inflicting upon them and absolved Israel of any responsibility for
Thankfully these resolutions will not be
the final words of Congress on the issue. This week, Rep. Dennis Kucinich plans to introduce a resolution calling
for “an immediate and unconditional ceasefire” and “unrestricted humanitarian
access” to the occupied Gaza Strip. The
US Campaign is supporting this resolution, which can be downloaded by clicking here.
1. Call your Representative NOW at 202-224-3121. Thank your Representative if he/she voted
“no” or “present” on H.Res.43. and ask her/him to cosponsor Rep. Kucinich’s
resolution. If your representative voted “yes” on H.Res.43., then express your
disagreement with the vote and ask them to cosponsor the Kucinich resolution.
2. Call your Senators NOW at
202-224-3121. Express your
disagreement with your Senators’ vote on S.Res.10 and ask them to introduce a
resolution in the Senate similar to Rep. Kucinich’s resolution in the House.
3. Get your organization to endorse Rep.
Kucinich’s resolution. Organizations
wishing to endorse Rep. Kucinich’s resolution should send their endorsement
directly to his Congressional office by clicking here. Let’s make sure that Rep. Kucinich knows that
hundreds of organizations support his legislative effort.
4. Join us for a conference briefing call on
Thursday, January 15, 9PM Eastern to discuss our next legislative steps. To
RSVP for the call and to get call-in info and an agenda, send your name, city,
and organizational affiliation (if any), to us by clicking here.
5. Let us know what the offices of your
Members of Congress are saying. Let
us know how your call went and how the offices of Members of Congress are
responding to your concerns. Send us your
name, the Congressional offices you contacted, and their feedback to us by clicking here.
In addition to contacting Congress, we have many ideas for action that you can
take to demand an immediate ceasefire and unimpeded humanitarian access to the
occupied Gaza Strip. For more