May 2, 2018
In Blog News
Dear Senator Sanders,
On March 31st, 2018 you tweeted, “The killing of Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli forces in Gaza is tragic. It is the right of all people to protest for a better future without a violent response.”
The situation in Gaza is the utmost urgency as the conditions continue to deteriorate and peaceful demonstrators are killed and injured by the Israeli state.
We agree with you did the United States should call on Israel to stop Their ongoing siege of the Gaza Strip and cease their open fire on peaceful, non-violent demonstrators. We believe that you play an important role in bringing the world’s attention to Gaza and highlighting the United States’ complicity in the violence. We are asking you to go to Gaza to meet the people, see the situation for yourself, and discuss the best way to support them. This gesture would show the world that the people of the United States cares about what is happening on the ground in Gaza, that we say no to the Israeli siege on Gaza, and no to violence against peaceful, non-violent protest.
A 2017 United Nations report found that Gaza is “unlivable” 12 years Israeli blockade. The lack of livelihood, employment, adequate healthcare, education, electricity, and clean water are testament to the urgency of the situation. Of note, the report found that Gaza’s only water source is “irreversibly depleted” by 2020 unless immediate action is taken.The United States must not sit back and watch while Palestinians die. In solidarity with those outside of the US, we ask that you go to Gaza and let Vermont lead the way in support of the 2 million people living in Gaza, more than half of them children.
We must answer the call for human dignity and end to the siege on Gaza. The moment is critical. We urge you to use your position to act in justice and call for an end to the victories.
Please go to Gaza before May 15th!