CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW!
Call Senator Amy Klobuchar: Minneapolis: 612-727-5223 D.C.: 202 224 3244
Call Senator Tina Smith: St. Paul: 651-221-1016 D.C.: 202 224 5641
Talking points: As my senator, I urge you to:
Speak out against the Israeli government's brutal and lethal response to the Palestinians demonstrating at the fence that imprisons them.
Call for an end to the $3.8 billion in U.S. military aid to Israel annually.
Call for an end to the siege of Gaza that is making life unsustainable.
On March 30, in the Gaza Strip, 30,000 Palestinians began the Great Return March with families and individuals carrying out six weeks of peaceful sit-ins and demonstrations along the heavily militarized Israeli border to demand an end to the Israeli siege that is making life unsustainable in this coastal enclave. Confined to what is called the largest outdoor prison in the world, these Palestinians want their internationally recognized right of return to the villages from which they were displaced in 1948, which lie just a few miles away, but made totally inaccessible to them.
As they exercised their right to peaceful protest, the Israeli Military met them with brutal force and 100 snipers. 26 Palestinians have so far been killed and more than 2,000 injured. The Israeli military used drones to drop tear gas over the encampments of the demonstrators, and prevented medics from evacuating the injured. And then the soldiers bragged about it, tweeting that they knew where every bullet landed. The bullets landed on women, children, and men, and at least one journalist. (The black thick smoke from the tires that Palestinians burn is their only defense to help shield them from the IDF and snipers' bullets.)
Palestinians are being killed for asserting their right to freedom, justice, equality, and life, itself. The Israeli government makes life nearly impossible for the people of Gaza as they try to survive under siege. The Israeli government does not allow them to leave by land, sea, or air, and few goods essential to life are allowed to enter the Gaza Strip. 90% of Gazans live in conditions of poverty. Electricity is available only a few hours a day. Clean water and sewage treatment are unavailable because of the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) destruction of the infrastructure. Medicines and medical equipment are restricted.
We must stand with Palestinians as they resist the brutal Israeli siege and demand the right of return to their land and villages.
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