Tell Bush: Intervene in Gaza Crisis Now

Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

While the fragile ceasefire holds in Lebanon, the crisis in Gaza is being entirely forgotten.  Please tell President Bush that substantive US diplomatic intervention, in concert with the international community, is needed immediately to return Cpl. Gilad Shalit, stop the violence, avert a growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and encourage steps leading toward negotiations.

After unilaterally withdrawing in the summer of 2005, the IDF re-entered Gaza following the kidnapping of Cpl. Shalit on June 25, 2006. Since that time, Gazans have been subjected to repeated Israeli attacks intended to combat terrorism that have in the process killed over 220 Palestinians and wounded more -- many of them innocent civilians. Meanwhile, Qassam rockets continue to fall on southern Israel (though far less so in recent weeks), and despite reports of a possible prisoner exchange, Cpl. Shalit is still being held captive. The US and international diplomacy that led to a ceasefire in Lebanon must now address the crisis occurring in Gaza and work towards restarting negotiations for a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Most critically, the humanitarian situation in Gaza has gone from bad to worse.  The economy, health care, and social service are near collapse, and there are growing signs of malnutrition. Sixty percent of the population is without electricity due to Israel’s bombing of the main power station.  In addition, border crossings have been open for only a few days over the past several months, leading to drastic shortages in basic human needs. The US must work with Israel and the international community to open the border crossings on a regular basis to ensure receipt of these desperately needed humanitarian supplies.

With promising talks ongoing over the formation of a Palestinian unity government, further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Gaza only emboldens the extremists who oppose any negotiations with Israel.  Contact President Bush today and demand US and international intervention in the Gaza crisis now!

L'Shalom,

Steve Masters, Chair of Advocacy

Diane Balser, Co-Chair of Advocacy

Rob Levy, Washington Representative

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President George W. Bush

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Subject: Intervene in Gaza crisis now!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

While the fragile ceasefire holds in Lebanon, the crisis in Gaza is being entirely forgotten. I urge you to pursue substantive diplomatic intervention, in concert with the international community, to return Cpl. Gilad Shalit, stop the violence, avert a growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and encourage steps leading toward negotiations.

After unilaterally withdrawing in the summer of 2005, the IDF re-entered Gaza following the kidnapping of Cpl. Shalit on June 25, 2006. Since that time, Gazans have been subjected to repeated Israeli attacks intended to combat terrorism that have in the process killed over 220 Palestinians and wounded many more -- many of them innocent civilians. Meanwhile, Qassam rockets continue to fall on southern Israel (though far less so in recent weeks), and despite reports of a possible prisoner exchange, Cpl. Shalit is still being held captive. The US and international diplomacy that led to a ceasefire in Lebanon must now address the crisis occurring in Gaza and work towards restarting negotiations for a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Most critically, the humanitarian situation in Gaza has gone from bad to worse. The economy, health care, social service, and education systems are near collapse, and there are growing signs of malnutrition. Sixty percent of the population is without electricity due to Israel's bombing of the main power station. In addition, border crossings have been open for only a few days over the past several months, leading to drastic shortages in basic human needs. The US must work with Israel and the international community to open the border crossings on a regular basis to ensure receipt of these desperately needed humanitarian supplies.

With promising plans developing over the formation of a Palestinian unity government, further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Gaza only emboldens the extremists who oppose any negotiations with Israel. I urge you to intervene in the Gaza crisis now!

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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Additional links:

Letter from captive Israeli soldier given to family, by Nidal al-Mughrabi, Washington Post, September 15 2006.

Cut Off, Gazan Economy Nears Collapse, by Steven Erlanger, The New York Times, Sept 14 2006.

Condemned to Desolation, by Erica Silverman, Al-Ahram Weekly, September 14 2006.

World Bank sees worst year for Palestinian economy, Reuters, Sept 13 2006.

U.S. must act to end Palestinian health crisis, by Michael Morse, Baltimore Sun, Sept 12 2006.

Critical Currents: Seeing past Lebanon, by Naomi Chazan, Jerusalem Post, Sept 7 2006.

Gaza’s Darkness, by Gideon Levy, Haaretz, Sept 3 2006.


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