Starvation is Not the Path to Peace: Take Action Now!
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section, calls for an end to U.S. political and economic sanctions against Palestine, and an end to U.S. support of the Israeli occupation.
At this time of holidays--Kwaanza, Chanukah, and Christmas--we are reminded that many of the Palestinian children will go without food, education, and health care that they should receive.
We appeal to the current Congress and the 110th Congress to take emergency measures to make sure that the people of Palestine, especially the children, will not go hungry while we in the U.S. feast. Their hardship is made worse by the lack of clean water and electricity, a result of recent hostilities.
In the words of our sisters in Israel from the Coalition of Women for Peace: "While a ceasefire is a blessing, the siege remains in force, withering the Gazan economy: 80% of Gazans now live in poverty on less than $2 a day. In a shocking reversal of 'economic growth', the World Bank predicts a drop of 27% in this year's gross domestic product: 'a one year contraction of economic activity equivalent to a deep depression'".
- We call for the end of the political and economic sanctions, for food not guns. Starving people is not the path to peace.
- We call for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be used as the basis by which U.S. foreign policy is created. A right to food is part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…"
- We also call for the US to exert diplomatic pressure on Israel to release the tax money owed to the Palestinian people, which they sorely need in their present hardship.
Take Action Now!
Write** to your Representative and Senators asking them to fund immediate humanitarian aid for the Palestinians. Remind them that starvation is not the path to peace.
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**In an effort to track the efficacy of this action alert, please send a copy of any correspondence with an elected official and any published letters to the editor to Kate Zaidan, WILPF Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies can be sent to the WILPF National office in Philadelphia.