Posted on January 02, 2009 in Reports

AAI has been assembling resources and information regarding the ongoing Gaza crisis. Click the link below to find statements by members of Congress, U.S. officials, and our American Jewish and Arab American colleagues on the situation in Gaza. In addition, AAI has provided links to groups that are working on the ground in Gaza to provide aid and relief to the citizens of Gaza. If you have other resources you would like to add, please contact Christina Zola at

Statements and press releases from U.S. officials about the current hostilities in Gaza:

Statement by the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the Situation in Gaza
Thursday, December 27, 2008

Statement by the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the Situation in Gaza
Friday, January 2, 2009



Links to select statements by Members of Congress:

U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-CA)

U.S. Representative Lois Capps (D-CA)

U.S. Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD)

U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN)

U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)

U.S. Representative John Olver (D-MA)

U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA)




Statements and action items from our American Jewish and Arab American colleagues on the situation in Gaza:

Churches for Middle East Peace

Link to ecumenical Christian letter to President-elect Obama and amplify the American Christian voice in support of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.
Letter closes on Friday, January 16, 2009

• (PDF of original letter with signature of original 40 Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant church leaders.)

Link to letter CMEP sent to President George W. Bush urging U.S. diplomacy for a renewed ceasefire

American Taskforce on Palestine

Link to statement urging friends and supporters to donate to Gaza humanitarian relief efforts by reputable aid organizations

American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Link to Gaza resource page

Americans for Peace Now

Link to statement

• Letter to President George W. Bush calling for the U.S. to urgently engage with Israel, regional parties, and the international community to bring about an immediate halt to the rapidly escalating hostilities in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel:

• Letter to President-elect Barack Obama calling for him to support a meaningful political process from his first day in office:

Brit Tzedek v’Shalom

Link to statement

• Letter to President-elect Barack Obama urging him to him to make clear his support for an immediate ceasefire, and to continue to provide leadership on Middle East peace-making:

Israel Policy Forum

Link to statement on current hostilities

IPF Focus, Averting an Israel-Hamas War
December 24, 2008

IPF Friday, Where is Israel Going?
January 2, 2009

J Street

Link to statement

Link to petition calling for the United States to intervene to bring about an immediate resumption of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas:




Additional Information: Aid to Gaza

AAI has confirmed with sources in Gaza that the following organizations are able to get supplies into Gaza:

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)


American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)

Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)

Palestine Red Crescent Society

United Palestinian Appeal (UPA)

Also, AAI National Policy Council member Linda Mansour has volunteered to coordinate Red Cross blood drive. If you are interested in donating blood or helping to coordinate this effort. Please e-mail her at

Members of AAI’s Facebook group are posting information, stories, protest locations, and more: visit AAI’s Facebook group to connect with concerned individuals around the world.


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