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MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network)

Ask members of U.S. Congress to sponsor H.R. 2590 to stop *our* tax dollars from killing children, attacking places of worship, and violating international law

Last month, Israel gassed, stunned, and shot at religious worshippers at the third holiest site in Islam, Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, during the most holy time of Ramadan.  Israel also bombed residential complexes, medical centers, refugee buildings, media offices, and water, sanitation, and electrical infrastructure in Gaza, killing over 200 Palestinians (including over 60 children), injuring over 1,900, and displacing over 75,000.  The psychological harm, especially to children (42% of the population of Gaza is under 15 years old), is incalculable.  And despite the ongoing pandemic, Israel has restricted the entry of vaccines into Gaza, has damaged the only testing lab, and killed the doctor who oversaw Gaza’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The wanton destruction of Gaza is on a scale that has shocked the world.

Israel receives $3.8 Billion in aid from the United States every year.  That is over $10 Million per day!

In April 2021, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN-4) introduced the Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act [H.R. 2590].  McCollum’s legislation “prohibits Israel from using U.S. taxpayer dollars in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem for: the military detention, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention; to support the seizure and destruction of Palestinian property and homes in violation of international humanitarian law; or, to extend any assistance or support for Israel’s unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory in violation of international humanitarian law.”  (McCollum Press Release, https://mccollum.house.gov/media/press-releases/mccollum-introduces-historic-legislation-defending-human-rights-palestinian).

Americans of conscience cannot allow another dollar of our taxes to fund the seizing and destruction of Palestinian homes and property, killing and maiming of children, attacks on places of worship, or violations of basic human rights.  Such acts were called out as crimes of apartheid by Human Rights Watch (https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/04/27/abusive-israeli-policies-constitute-crimes-apartheid-persecution) earlier this year, and the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem (https://www.btselem.org/apartheid), among others.  

We, the undersigned organizations, oppose oppression and violence, and support peace, safety, and justice for all.  We have stood up against anti-Black and anti-Asian hate, against racism and prejudice, and against antisemitism and Islamophobia – and will continue to do so.  We understand how different forms of injustice are interconnected, even globally.  And we stand in solidarity in strongly urging Members of Congress, including our Washington delegation, to join Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal in co-sponsoring H.R. 2590, because “we love the Jewish child and the Palestinian child” (Rev. William Barber II, https://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/289711-reverend-brings-dem-house-down-with-israel-palestine-plea ).  We further call on the Biden administration to make sure no additional funding or weapons are provided to Israel until it stops violating international law.  We ask those who champion liberty, freedom, and justice to join us by contacting their Members of Congress today.  It is well past the “Time To Break the Silence on Palestine” (Michelle Alexander, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/19/opinion/sunday/martin-luther-king-palestine-israel.html).

CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY AND ASK THEM TO SPONSOR H.R. 2590

https://www.congress.gov/members

Add your organization or sign on individually to endorse this statement here:  www.tinyurl.com/StatementRePalestine 

#SaveSheikhJarrah #Gaza   #Palestine  #HR2590

Paid for by:  MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network), www.mapsredmond.org/amen, [email protected]  

SIGNED BY:

  1. 350 Seattle
  2. AbuBakr Islamic Center Of Washington
  3. Access to Our Community
  4. Activist Class
  5. African-American Muslim Leaders’ Coalition
  6. Ambedkar International Center
  7. API Chaya
  8. Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  9. Bethany United Church of Christ, Seattle
  10. Bishop’s Committee for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land (Episcopal Diocese of Olympia)
  11. Black Lives Matter Seattle King County
  12. CAIR-WA
  13. Cham Refugee Community
  14. Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites
  15. Coalition of Seattle Indian Americans
  16. Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
  17. Decriminalize Seattle
  18. DivestSPD
  19. Elevate Mason County
  20. Empower
  21. End the Deadly Exchange Seattle
  22. Falastiniyat
  23. Farmer Frog
  24. Free Them All
  25. Freedom Socialist Party
  26. Global Social Business Partners
  27. Hindus for Human Rights
  28. Husaynia Islamic Society of Seattle
  29. IfNotNow Seattle
  30. India Association of Western Washington
  31. Iraqi Community Center of Washington 
  32. Islamic Center of Mukilteo
  33. Islamic Center of Olympia
  34. Jewish Voice for Peace — Seattle
  35. Jewish Voice for Peace — Tacoma
  36. John T. Williams Organizing Committee
  37. Kadima Reconstructionist Community
  38. Kairos Puget Sound Coalition
  39. La Resistencia
  40. Latino Advocacy
  41. Modest Family Solutions
  42. Muslim Association of Puget Sound
  43. Muslim Forum of the Pacific Northwest
  44. National Lawyers Guild, Seattle Chapter
  45. Never Again Seattle
  46. No New Washington Prisons
  47. OneAmerica
  48. OneAmerica Votes Muslim Committee
  49. Palestine Solidarity Committee — Seattle
  50. Palestine Teaching Trunk
  51. Plymouth Church, Seattle:  United Church of Christ
  52. Puget Sound Sage
  53. Pullman Islamic Association
  54. Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
  55. Radical Women
  56. Real Change
  57. Redmond United Methodist Church
  58. Salaam Cultural Museum
  59. Seattle Democratic Socialists of America
  60. Seattle Indivisible
  61. Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign
  62. Seattle Womxn Marching Forward
  63. Social Justice Fund
  64. Socialist Alternative
  65. Somali Health Board
  66. South Asian Americans Together Washington
  67. Support for the Palestinian Voice
  68. UAW 4121
  69. Valley and Mountain Fellowship
  70. Veterans for Peace (Lewis, Mason, Thurston & Grays Harbor Counties)
  71. Veterans For Peace, Spokane Chapter #35
  72. Voices for Palestine
  73. WA Advocates for Palestinian Rights
  74. Washington Community Alliance 
  75. Washington For Black Lives
  76. Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network
  77. WA State Poor People’s Campaign
  78. Whatcom Peace & Justice Center
  79. White Center Community Development Association
  80. Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation

Contact:
Aneelah Afzali
MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network)
[email protected]

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