Thank the White House for halting the transfer of Hellfire missiles to Israel, and call on Congress to support this policy.
Background: The latest conflict between the Israeli military and Palestinian groups in Gaza has claimed the lives of more than 2,000 Palestinians and 67 Israelis, and resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. The destruction of Gaza has been catastrophic.
In the midst of this destruction, last week news reports emerged, indicating that U.S. officials have halted the transfer of Hellfire missiles to Israel and the White House has issued instructions that additional requests for weapons transfers will receive greater scrutiny. This move is highly significant, as it is the first known time that such restrictions have been placed on U.S. military aid to Israel.
Faith reflection: "Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate" (Amos 5:14-15a).
Action: 1) Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 to thank them for halting the delivery of Hellfire missiles to Israel and increasing scrutiny of future weapons transfers. 2) Then email Congress, urging them to support the Administration’s efforts and to take action to end the violence.
Additional ways to get involved
- If you are not already a member of the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network, sign up to join by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Participate in the National Service of Mourning, which will be held September 3 at 6 pm Eastern at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. For those outside of the D.C. area, you can join in one of two ways. Listen to the service as it is live-streamed, or consider sponsoring a service of mourning in your own congregation at the same time. For more information, contact RachelleSchlabach@mcc.org.
Alert prepared August 21, 2014, by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, director.
Photo: Volunteers wearing Mennonite Central Committee and Al Najd Development Forum vests deliver mattresses to families who opened their homes to other Gazans displaced by the Israel-Hamas conflict. MCC provided $35,000 of bedding and related supplies that were distributed through partner organization Al Najd in late July. (Photo courtesy of Al Najd Development Forum)