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Letter: A durable ceasefire

On July 25, some 30 people stood at Vogel Plaza from 5 to 7 p.m., protesting the killing in Israel and Palestine where most of the victims continue to be Gazan civilians including many children and many people who were seeking refuge in schools and hospitals.

U.S. military aid to Israel exceeding $3 billion per year creates a heavy moral obligation for the U.S. to ensure that this money is not used in violation of U.S. law and fundamental human rights. The U.S. must call for an immediate ceasefire to stop the killing, engaging not only Israel but Hamas as well. Also the U.S. must insist that Israel lift the seven-year blockade on Gaza that causes unnecessary suffering for civilians. Without an end to the blockade, the ceasefire will not last.

Tell Congress and the President: a durable ceasefire requires ending the blockade. Call the Congressional Switchboard at 1-202-456-1111 and ask for the offices of Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Greg Walden.

— Brenda Gould, Ashland