A quick diary, but very important. Please take action to get support for this important resolution to soon be formally introduced by Dennis Kucinich. It comes after last weeks disgusting House/Senate vote to unconditionally support Israeli aggression in Gaza that now has killed nearly a thousand people, mostly unarmed people, including hundreds of children. The death toll, staggering as it may be, really says little of the suffering of the 1.4 million people of Gaza.
It is in the best interest of the people of the United States, of Palestinians, of Israelis, of the world, for the United States to do all it can to press for a cease-fire, for aid to the people of Gaza.
This resolution, to be offered by Dennis Kucinich, is not yet numbered.
It can be found here.
RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives concerning the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Whereas over 95 percent of the deaths incurred since the escalation
of violence in Gaza beginning December 27, 2008, have been Palestinians;
Whereas over 50 percent of the population of Gaza is under the age of 14;
Whereas on January 7, 2009, the United Nations found that one-third of the Palestinians killed in Gaza were civilians, while over 1,000 of the injured are children; Whereas on January 6, 2009, 40 civilians were killed and 55 civilians were injured when the Israeli Defense Forces
- (IDF) bombed two United Nations facilities, including a school, where Palestinians were seeking shelter; Whereas nearly the entire population of Gaza has no access to potable water or functioning water systems, and sewage and wastewater systems have seized due to lack of water and electricity, causing sewage overflows in some residential neighborhoods, creating a public health crisis, according to the World Bank;
Whereas since the beginning of the Israeli imposed blockade in February 2006, approximately 262 Palestinians in Gaza have died due to lack of access to medical goods and aid, according to Mustafa Barghouthi, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative;
Whereas on January 7 and 8, 2009, the International Committee
of the Red Cross found a total of up to 65 bodies in two separate locations, both of which included a number of emaciated children, in houses bombed in the south of Gaza after four days of lack of ambulance access; Whereas the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and the International Committee of the Red Cross have completely halted all aid shipments, following the death of two United Nations aid truck drivers; and Whereas Articles 55 and 56 of the 4th Geneva Convention require
‘‘ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population’’
and ‘‘ensuring and maintaining...the medical
and hospital establishments and services, public health
and hygiene’’: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives calls on
the Government of Israel and representatives of Hamas to implement an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and to allow unrestricted humanitarian access in Gaza.
More info on this resolution can be found here at the Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (yes, they choose sides... not one ethnic group over another, but freedom vs. occupation, they chose to support freedom... that is why the US Campaign is supported by all sorts of Americans, Christians, Muslims, Secular, Jewish, human rights activists, peace activists... we all have a vital stake in working for a change in US policy for peace and justice in the Middle East... yes, we all "have a dog in this race" because an injury to one is an injury to all... that is not just a phrase but an important truth... if humans want to survive the 21st century we better take it to heart.)
90,000 Gazans have already been displaced. We will not know the exact number of those who no longer have intact homes to return to for some time, but many of these homes have been destroyed by US-supplied bombers.
We cannot be silent, it is simply not an option.
work to support the Kucinich resolution, and the leadership he has shown on this issue.
Get your congressperson to support the Kucinich Resolution on Gaza.