Stand with Bernie for Palestinians’ Right to Protest Without Being Shot
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CNN reported that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders criticized the Israeli military’s violent response to recent protests in Gaza, which resulted in at least 17 Palestinians being killed and more than 1,400 injured. Senator Sanders said: “It is the right of all people to protest for a better future without a violent response.” He added: "Meanwhile, the situation in Gaza remains a humanitarian disaster. The US must play a more positive role in ending the Gaza blockade and helping Palestinians and Israelis build a future that works for all."
Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum said: “I am horrified by the tragic wounding & killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza last Friday. Attacks on peaceful Palestinian protesters must end.”
As the Washington Post reported, videos circulating online appeared to document the Israeli military shooting unarmed demonstrators who posed no threat to Israeli forces. The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said: “These are the predictable outcomes of a manifestly illegal command: Israeli soldiers shooting live ammunition at unarmed Palestinian protesters.”
Hundreds of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv against the Israeli army’s shootings of protesters in Gaza in a rally co-sponsored by Peace Now [Shalom Achshav], Israel's preeminent peace movement, under the banner “Create hope, stop the next war." Peace Now issued a statement condemning what it called the Israeli army's "trigger happy" policies under orders from the Netanyahu government.
Human Rights Watch said: “The shocking number of Palestinians killed and hurt today by soldiers firing across the Gaza fence raises serious questions about Israel’s longstanding use of live ammunition to police demonstrations. Israel’s allegations of violence by some protesters do not change the fact that using lethal force is banned by international law except to meet an imminent threat to life.”
Urge your Representative and Senators to join with Bernie Sanders, human rights groups, and pro-peace Israelis in speaking out for Palestinians’ right to protest without being shot with live ammunition by signing our petition.
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