This is atrocious.
With the toll in Gaza surpassing 1,500 deaths, 8,200 wounded, and 180,300 civilians displaced, we are devastated-- but more determined than ever to keep pressure on the US to end its unconditional support for Israel.
How can the US purport to be a fair mediator when we are sending billions of dollars worth of weapons to one side of the conflict? A report by Amnesty International shows that just between January and May of this year, the US has sent $62 million worth of munitions to Israel, including nearly$27 million for “rocket launchers”, $9.3 million in “parts of guided missiles” and nearly $762,000 for “bombs, grenades and munitions of war”.
This is atrocious. We should be using that money for diplomacy and rebuilding the lives of Palestinians that have been shattered from decades of violence. The people of Gaza are in desperate need of clean water, healthcare, food, building materials for their homes, and other basic necessities. But unless the blockade of Gaza is lifted, access to these crucial items will continue to be restricted by Israel. You can help by making a direct donation to Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) today.
“There isn’t a single family in Gaza which hasn’t been touched by direct loss,” said Pernille Ironside, the head of the Unicef office in Gaza. “The impact that has on the ability of children to cope cannot be overstated.”
It's up to us to push our government to stop the cycle of bloodshed. Join us to call for an immediate arms embargo on Israel now.
Toward peace in the Middle East,
Alli, Anastasia, Ashley, Ben, Colleen, Holly, Jodie, Janet, Medea, Nancy, Sophia, and Tighe