Sign now to demand the Biden administration hold Israel’s apartheid government accountable
2021 marks 73 years of an ongoing Nakba, or catastrophe, for the Palestinian people, involving forced displacement and violent dehumanization in their own homeland. During April and May of this year, in the holy month of Ramadan, Israel’s government accelerated the expulsion of families from their land, to make way for Israeli settlements that violate the Geneva Convention. And then, during the holiest days of the month, Israeli forces attacked Muslim worshippers kneeling to pray in the sacred Al-Aqsa mosque.
The Israeli military subsequently launched air strikes into a captive refugee population in Gaza—killing at least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, in 11 days of bombardment.
Among over 70,000 displaced Palestinians, many homeless families have sought refuge at UN-run schools. Yet the Israeli military bombed a number of such schools, along with media offices and already-overwhelmed hospitals and medical clinics, including the region’s only COVID testing site—all in violation of international humanitarian law.
Meanwhile, Gazans have been running out of medical supplies, water, food, and electricity. Israel’s bombing of Palestinians was not self-defense; it was part of ethnic cleansing. We need more than a ceasefire. We also need an end to the occupation.
Please sign now to demand that President Biden and his administration hold Israel’s government accountable, end the occupation, and end the root causes of the violence.
The U.S. is complicit in the Israeli government’s war crimes and human rights abuses. Its unconditional military support ($3.8 billion each year) has dangerously emboldened what Israel’s own human rights organization has recognized as apartheid policies.
Over the last week, the Israeli military has sent U.S.-made aircraft to drop U.S.-made bombs over Gaza, massacring refugees who are stuck in the world’s largest open-air prison. In addition, we’ve learned that the Biden administration has approved sending $735 million in precision-guided weaponry to far-right Prime Minister Netanyahu, with no strings attached.
President Biden pledged to put human rights and democracy at the center of his administration’s foreign policy. And he just promised Rep. Rashida Tlaib that he would do everything he can to make sure her family in Palestine would be safe. Let’s hold him to his promises. End the occupation. End apartheid!
Please sign now to tell President Biden and his administration: We need more than a ceasefire. We need an end to the occupation. You cannot enable further human rights violations on our watch, with billions of our taxpayer dollars. You must hold Prime Minister Netanyahu and his leadership accountable.
We call on President Biden to take swift, forceful action to:
Stop a $735 million weapons sale to Israel, which will likely be used to commit further war crimes.
Condition U.S. military aid to Israel on ending the occupation, human rights abuses, and war crimes. If those conditions are not followed, we must end the aid altogether. Israel’s government has the power and duty to end its decades-long campaign of forced displacement, home demolitions, illegal settlements and land theft, illegal sea and air blockade of Gaza, military control over and restriction of Palestinians’ movement, and control over Palestinians’ access to medical supplies and resources like water and electricity.
The U.S. is uniquely positioned to pressure Israel to start respecting Palestinians’ human rights and dignity and end the occupation. But in order to pressure President Biden to act, we need to join together en masse. Please sign and share this petition as widely as you can!