3rd Thursday Alert: Tell Congress to Affirm Your Right to Responsible Stewardship
On July 30, the US House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution that expressed its opposition to the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, while at the same time, affirmed “the right of U.S. citizens to free speech, including the right to protest or criticize U.S. or foreign government policies.” The resolution (H.Res.246) passed 398-17.Read more...
3rd Thursday Alert: Oppose US legitimization of Israeli settlements
On June 16, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a sign that reads, “Trump Heights.” The sign sits at the site of an Israeli settlement in the Golan, which Israel occupied—along with the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the Sinai Peninsula—during the 1967 War. Israel claimed sovereignty over the Golan in 1981 in defiance of international law, and in March of this year, President Trump recognized Israel’s claim of annexation of that land.
Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan, and blockade of Gaza, remain firmly in place, despite UN resolutions calling on Israel to withdraw from territories it occupied in the 1967 War.Read more...
3rd Thursday Alert: On World Refugee Day, Advocate for Palestinian Refugees’ Rights and Funding
World Refugee Day: Advocate for Palestinian Refugees’ Rights and to Reinstate US Support for UNRWA
In 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that established June 20 of every year to mark World Refugee Day, starting in 2001, a half century after the UN adopted the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, also known as the 1951 Refugee Convention. A subsequent treaty, called the Protocol Related to the Status of Refugees—to which the US is a party—took effect in October 1967.Read more...
3rd Thursday Alert: Call on Congress to ensure the rights of Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation
On April 30, 2019, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced H.R. 2407, the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, a bill prohibiting U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children by any country, including Israel. It is similar to the bill she introduced in Nov. 2017 (H.R. 4391—“Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act”), with some updates and changes. Significantly, the new bill prohibits U.S. military aid from being used by foreign armed forces to support the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children in violation of international humanitarian law.Read more...
3rd Thursday Alert: Call on Congress to ensure the rights and well-being of the people of Gaza
For a year now, Palestinians in Gaza have been creatively and bravely protesting for their freedom by marching towards the fence with Israel to demand an end to the blockade of Gaza and respect for their rights.. In response, Israel has met unarmed civilians with live sniper-fire, killing over 200 and injuring tens of thousands, including paramedics, journalists, children, and people with disabilities. In total, 45 children have been killed.Read more...