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PEACE CENTER LETTER TO SENATOR BARBARA BOXER ON ISRAEL/GAZA

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SoaringDoveBlack100 pixelsTHE FOLLOWING POSITION LETTER (PREPARED BY JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE, LOS ANGELES) WAS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF THE MT. DIABLO PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER ON AUGUST 18, 2014

Senator Barbara Boxer

312 N Spring St # 1748

Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Senator Boxer,

As people of conscience, we are deeply disappointed with your unconditional support of Israel’s ongoing and increasingly violent occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, and of the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza. You have continuously supported providing Israel with over $3 billion of annual military aid and recently you voted for Senate Resolution 498, which expressed support for Israel’s attack on Gaza and made no mention of Palestinian deaths and the disproportionate use of force against Gaza’s civilian population.

We are shocked by the brutality of Israel’s assault on Gaza. We are appalled by the massive destruction of homes, mosques, schools and hospitals. Israel has already killed close to 2,000 people in Gaza – an estimated 80% of them civilians. Of these, nearly 500 are children who comprise 25% of those killed by weapons you have voted to give Israel. More than 10,000 people are seriously wounded. Hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza are homeless and living in fear.

• We call upon you to support the international commission of inquiry appointed by the United Nations to look into possible human rights violations and war crimes committed during Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.

• We call upon you to condemn violence on both sides and to stop justifying Israel’s use of disproportionate force and killing of innocent civilians because of “its right to defend itself,” which leads only to an escalation of violence.

• There is no military solution to the political issues dividing Israelis and Palestinians; therefore, we urge you to demand that Israel immediately end its blockade and siege of Gaza and commit yourself to joining an international effort to end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

• We call upon you to support genuine peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian unity government. If the Israeli government will not participate in talks with that unity government, then no further American aid of any sort should be provided to Israel.

• We call upon you to support the United States providing immediate humanitarian aid and supplies to Gaza. Our tax dollars have played a significant role in the destruction of Gaza; now our tax dollars must be used to rebuild Gaza and aid the civilian population.

There can be no peace in the Middle East until there is genuine peace in Israel/Palestine and that will only come with equal rights and justice for all who live there.

Signed by……

Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, Walnut Creek

Estee Chandler, Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles Organizer

Taher Herzallah, West Coast Regional Coordinator, American Muslims for Palestine

Shakeel Syed, Board Member, American Muslims for Palestine

Rev. Jerald M. Stinson, United Church of Christ

Rev. Darrel Meyers, Presbyterian Church USA

Rev. Ann Schranz, Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Montclair*

Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen

Edie Pistolesi, Ph.D., Professor of Art, California State University, Northridge

David Klein, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Director, Climate Science Program

California State University, Northridge

Anthony J. Litwinko, Friends of Sabeel, Los Angeles

Sam Blan

Dennis Kortheuer

Anthony Manousos

Karin Pally, member, Women in Black-Los Angeles

Shaheen Nassar

Sarah Thompson, Executive Director, Christian Peacemaker Teams

*affiliation for identification purposes

 

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