“We condemn all violence against civilians by Hamas and the Israeli military. In this critical moment, we believe it is imperative that U.S. policymakers take measures to immediately de-escalate the violence to prevent the further loss of civilian life,” write the authors of this letter which CVT joined.
Together with more than 60 nongovernmental and interfaith organizations, we call on U.S. policymakers to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Israel and Gaza. The groups call on Congress and the Biden administration to:
1) Publicly call for a ceasefire to prevent the further loss of life;
2) Prioritize the protection of all civilians, including by urgently securing the entrance of humanitarian aid into Gaza and working to secure the release of hostages; and
3) Urge all parties to fully respect international humanitarian law. We implore Congress and the Administration to abstain from rhetoric that exacerbates violence and to unequivocally condemn all violations of international law.
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