Posted on December 18, 2009 in Action Alerts
Contact Your Representatives Now
Two letters are circulating the House urging the Obama Administration to address the delay of promised assistance to the people of Gaza—one letter calls for immediate delivery of humanitarian aid, the other for increased access to education.
Congressmen Jim Moran (D-VA) and Bob Inglis (R-SC) are asking their House colleagues to sign onto a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by Monday, December 21 supporting increased access to higher education in the West Bank for students living in Gaza.
The bipartisan letter explains that since 2000 “Israel’s near-total ban on travel from Gaza to the West Bank, even for educational purposes, has meant Gazan students have no access to the many degree programs that are not available in the Gaza Strip including in humanitarian fields.”
The congressmen request that Secretary Clinton “press the Israeli government to end the ban on student travel from Gaza to the West Bank,” recognizing that “ensuring students from Gaza have access to a higher education in the West Bank promotes U.S. foreign policy interests by investing in the future of the region.”
The letter to President Barack Obama from Congressmen Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) circulating the House expresses “great concern” about the continued blockade of Gaza and explains that the “unabated suffering of Gazan civilians highlights the urgency of reaching a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
The McDermott-Ellison letter recognizes that “there has been no significant improvement in the quantity and scope of goods allowed into Gaza” and that “the current blockade has severely impeded the ability of aid agencies to do their work to relieve suffering.”
Despite the Administration’s commitment of $300 million this year, the representatives note that “our aid remains little more than an unrealized pledge,” and asks President Obama “to press for immediate relief for the citizens of Gaza as an urgent component of [his] broader Middle East peace efforts.”
Please contact your representative and ask them to sign onto the bipartisan Moran-Inglis letter supporting higher education opportunities for students in Palestine, and the McDermott-Ellison letter calling for immediate and improved conditions for the people of Gaza.