Call for a Ceasefire in Israel and Gaza 

The linkage between war and the ecological climate crisis we are witnessing is undeniable. Being an environmental activist means being a peace builder; it means standing for all living beings. In the struggle between Palestinians and Israelis, innocent people are suffering.  We acknowledge their pain, losses, fears, and grief.  In one week of war, 1400 Israelis and as of 10/25/2023, 6,546 Palestinians have died . Plus there is a continued humanitarian crisis with the bombings of Gaza, and blockades of food, water, medical supplies, and fuel to run hospitals, and the displacements of a million people.

Statements only go so far, we must take action to stop this war.  We must join those voices calling for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the bombing of Gaza where half the population are children. No military aid should be afforded Israel which must cease their aggression against Gaza, including dropping any plans for a ground attack which would also endanger hostages. 

Humanitarian and medical assistance must be made fully available for all those who have been displaced.  Violence breeds violence, and this conflict must be solved by other means.  There must be dialog towards a long-term solution and the end of colonialist apartheid and the oppression of Palestinians whose lands were taken and whose humans rights have been abused for decades. 

Palestinian pleas for freedom, human rights and repeated efforts of non-violent resistance (boycotts, sanctions, and the application of international law) have been undermined by the USA and other countries for their own economic interests instead of the true interests of the Palestinians, or for that matter, Israeli people.  Call your Representative and tell them to cosponsor the ceasefire resolution in the House.  Call your senators and the White House and tell them to push for a ceasefire and only fund humanitarian aid.  Do it daily until the killing stops.   

About Diana Meisenhelter

Diana Meisenhelter has been involved on the Action Team of XRPDX since January 2019.  She served on the Extinction Rebellion US National Restructure Working Group proposal for a year and a half.  Active in antiracist, social justice, labor, and environmental organizing since the early 1970s, Diana has over 50 years of experience in movements for justice.


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