TAKE ACTION: Urge U.S. Officials to Call for an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza, Support Humanitarian Aid, and Protect Civilian Life


February 12, 2024

Since October 7, 2023, when Israel began its bombardment of Gaza in response to horrific attacks by Hamas, more than 28,000 Gazan Palestinians—mostly women and children—have been killed. 

“The humanitarian situation in Gaza is beyond words. Nowhere and no one is safe,” said UN Secretary General António Guterres in a recent statement. “We cannot allow what has been happening in Gaza to continue.”

Join us in urging U.S. officials to call upon Israel to enact an immediate ceasefire, enable humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, and begin to address the root causes by ending the occupation and work towards a future in which all Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace, with security and human rights protected for all. 

Civilian deaths continue to mount at an appalling rate and the lack of access to food, clean water and medical treatment is putting civilians at even greater risk. According to the United Nations, as of February 12:

  • More than 28,340 Gazans have been killed and more than 67,984 injured
  • More than 70% of those killed thus far have been women and children
  • Of the 2.3 million residents of Gaza, more than 1.7 million, or 75% of its population, have been driven from their homes
  • 2.2 million Gazans are at imminent risk of famine
  • Over 60% of Gaza’s housing units have been destroyed or damaged
  • Only 11 out of Gaza’s 36 hospitals are partially functional, and 3 hospitals are functioning at minimal capacity
  • 100% of students are unable to access education

So long as the fighting continues, no civilians in Gaza will be safe. The U.S. must use its leverage with the State of Israel to bring about an immediate ceasefire. Here are three ways to take action:

1. CONTACT YOUR TWO SENATORS AND ONE REPRESENTATIVE TODAY
On the right-hand side, you can send an email to the administration and your Members of Congress

Sample Email: “My name is [insert name] and as your constituent from [City/Town] and a [person of faith/refugee/member of my community], I urge you to publicly call for a ceasefire and promote the protection of civilian life in Gaza and call for the Biden administration to join with the international community in calls for a ceasefire and the pursuit of lasting peace and protection of civilian life. 

The devastating loss of life in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories since October 7 has overshadowed what had already been one of the deadliest years for both peoples in recent memory. While efforts must be intensified to halt the bloodshed and appeals made to all parties to respect international humanitarian law and firmly promote long-term diplomatic efforts, Congress has an important role to play in ensuring U.S. support for immediate solutions to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Since October 7, approximately 1.7 million Palestinians have been displaced within Gaza. Given that Gaza is sealed, there is no place for Gazans to move out of harm’s way. Over 28,340 civilians have been killed, over 67,984 injured and an overwhelming amount of vital civilian infrastructure in Gaza has been destroyed by the Israeli military. The lack of access to food, clean water and medical treatment in Gaza is catastrophic.  2.2 million Gazans are at imminent risk of famine.

I urge you to join those who have called for a ceasefire. Further, I urge you to call upon the Biden administration to demonstrate moral leadership by calling for a ceasefire and access to humanitarian aid.

I also unequivocally condemn Hamas’ vicious attack on Israel and call for the administration to urge Israel to prioritize the immediate release of all hostages in captivity through diplomatic engagement.

I join a growing chorus of voices, including many faith communities, who have spoken out since October 7 in appealing to you to:

  • Publicly call for an immediate ceasefire, de-escalation and restraint by all parties 
  • Support the delivery of humanitarian aid into Gaza including food, water, fuel and other life- saving items;
  • Immediately resume full funding to UNRWA and encourage other donor states to follow suit
  • Publicly call on all parties to abide by international humanitarian law;
  • Prioritize steps to secure the immediate release of all hostages and to protect all civilians; and 
  • Begin to address the root causes by ending the occupation and work towards a future in which all Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace, with security and human rights protected for all.

I urge you to publicly call for a ceasefire, and promote respect for international law, protection of all civilian life, and the provision of humanitarian aid. Thank you.”

2. CALL PRESIDENT BIDEN
You can call President Biden at 202-456-1111 or by using the tool on the right-hand side. Below is a script to guide your message:

Sample Script: “My name is [name] and as your constituent from [City/Town] and a [person of faith/refugee/member of my community], I urge you to join with the international community in publicly calling for a ceasefire and promoting the protection of civilian life in Gaza.

The devastating loss of life in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories since October 7 has overshadowed what had already been one of the deadliest years for both peoples in recent memory. I call on you to demonstrate U.S. global leadership by intensifying efforts to halt the bloodshed and appealing to all parties to respect international humanitarian law and firmly promote long-term diplomatic efforts. In addition to the moral necessity of pursuing peace through a long-term diplomatic solution, your administration has a crucial role to play in immediately addressing the urgent humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

I join a growing chorus of voices, including many faith communities, who have spoken out since October 7 in appealing to you to:

  • Publicly call for an immediate ceasefire, de-escalation and restraint by all parties 
  • Support the delivery of humanitarian aid into Gaza including food, water, fuel and other life- saving items;
  • Immediately resume full funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine and encourage other donor states to follow suit
  • Publicly call on all parties to abide by international humanitarian law;
  • Prioritize steps to secure the immediate release of all hostages and to protect all civilians; and 
  • Prioritize addressing the root causes of the violence by ending the occupation and work towards a future in which all Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace, with security and human rights protected for all. 

Again, I urge you to show moral leadership by publicly calling for a ceasefire, and promoting respect for international law, protection of all civilian life, and the provision of humanitarian aid. Thank you.”

3. AMPLIFY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Share this message with national leaders on social media! See below for sample social media posts:

@legislator: Collective punishment is wrong and a violation of international law. It’s time for a ceasefire in Gaza.

@POTUS: U.S. military assistance to Israel is contributing to the suffering and death of civilians in Gaza. I urge you to call on all parties to abide by the laws of war, secure the release of hostages, and protect civilian life.

@legislator: You have a moral obligation to help protect civilians and to support their access to food, water, and fuel in Gaza.

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