START DATE: July 7, 2004
END DATE: September 6, 2004
BACKGROUND: Congress is on its annual summer recess until September 6. Many Members of Congress will be in their home states and districts to meet with constituents during this time. This is a great opportunity to educate your elected representatives about the need for the United States to pursue a policy toward Israel and Palestine based on human rights and international law.
ACTION REQUESTED: Schedule a meeting with your Senators and Representative to discuss issues that concern US policy toward Israel and Palestine.
If you would like to set up or attend meetings with your Members of Congress, please fill out the form at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/modinput.php?modin=64
For a template to request a meeting with Members of Congress, see: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=221
After you’ve met with your Members of Congress, please fill out a feedback form at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/modinput.php?modin=65
To find out how your Members of Congress voted on legislation relating to Israel and Palestine, see our updated Congressional Report Card at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=59
If you have any questions, please contact Josh Ruebner, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The US Campaign encourages you to raise the following issues in your meetings:
1) Congressional condemnation of the International Court of Justice for its advisory opinion that Israel's Wall is illegal. The House passed its version on July 15. Thank your Member of Congress if he/she voted no or present. Explain to your Member of Congress why you think this resolution is wrong if he/she voted yes. Talking points can be found at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=368. A similar version was introduced in the Senate but not voted on before recess. Ask your Senators to oppose this resolution. Talking points can be found at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=375.
2) Congressional endorsement (Senate Resolution 393 and House Concurrent Resolution 460) of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s unilateral plan for disengagement from the Gaza Strip. Thank your Members of Congress if they voted no or present on these resolutions and explain to them why you think these resolution are wrong if they voted yes. Talking points on the unilateral disengagement plan can be found at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=322
3) Request a General Accounting Office investigation into possible violations by Israel of the Arms Export Control Act through its use of Caterpillar bulldozers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For talking points, see: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=251
4) House endorsement (House Concurrent Resolution 111) of an independent US investigation into the death of US peace activist Rachel Corrie. For talking points, see: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=83