It’s meaningful to me when my colleagues in Congress take a stand for Palestinian rights, because it requires a lot of political courage in the face of attacks from those who want to maintain the unjust status quo.
My colleague Rep. Jamaal Bowman has really stepped up, including by leading a recent letter calling on President Biden and the State Department to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars don’t fund human rights abuses by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people.
While visiting the West Bank in 2021, Jamaal met with my sity (grandmother) and was then blocked at a military checkpoint near her house.
He experienced in-person what it’s like for Palestinians to live in fear under constant military presence. And he connects it to his own experience as a Black man in the U.S. growing up with intimidating police forces targeting Black communities. Black people and Palestinians are criminalized just for existing.
Our struggles for justice and liberation are interconnected, from the U.S. to Palestine and beyond. We all deserve human dignity and freedom.
Human rights organizations around the world have recognized what Palestinians have said for decades: the Israeli government is oppressing the Palestinian people and systematically denying equal rights to Palestinians—in what constitutes apartheid and ethnic cleansing.
And we know that the U.S. is complicit, sending billions of dollars each year to the Israeli military and silencing criticism of Israeli policies. That’s why we need to keep building power in the U.S. Congress to advocate for change. Let’s start by supporting members of Congress like Jamaal Bowman, who are taking the lead despite being targeted for speaking up.
Thank you so much.
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