Tell Congress and the White House: Restore humanitarian assistance to Gaza, call for end to blockade
Background: After 12 years of isolation and an Israeli-imposed blockade, Gaza is facing “an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.” Ninety-six percent of Gaza’s water is unsafe to drink. Gaza’s two million residents have approximately 12 hours per day of electricity and the economy is near collapse. Half of Gaza’s residents receive emergency food assistance from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Despite this crisis, the U.S. announced in 2018 that it would stop all funding for UNRWA. This followed an announcement that the U.S. would stop all funding for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) projects in the West Bank and Gaza.
Ask your elected officials to:
- Immediately restore humanitarian assistance to Gaza;
- Call on the Israeli government to fully lift the Gaza blockade;
- Call for an investigation by the State Department to ensure that U.S. military aid to Israel is not used in violation of U.S. and international laws.
Faith reflection: “O God, whose heart breaks for the world, may your justice dwell in the land, may your righteousness abide in fruitful fields, may the effect of righteousness be quietness and trust forever, may the effect of justice be peace—enduring peace.” –From Prayer for Palestine and Israel
Action alert updated August 27, 2019 by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, Director.
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