The recent violence against civilians by Hamas and the military response by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has already killed over 3,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis and wounded thousands more, with hundreds of people held hostage and hundreds more missing.
If you’re heartbroken, you are not alone. We can hold space in our hearts to mourn these deaths, while also taking action to call on U.S. policymakers to use their power to do everything they can to stop all further loss of innocent lives, no matter the identity.
President Biden and our leaders must publicly call for an immediate ceasefire and deescalation; demand the protection of all civilians, including securing the release of hostages; and tell the Israeli government to turn on electricity in Gaza and allow humanitarian aid for Palestinians to enter!
Will you join me and sign the petition? https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/do-everything-you-can-to-stop-all-loss-of-life-now?source=whatsapp-share-button&utm_source=whatsapp&share=de7fbd92-b3d3-4b48-9e2b-cc9e1f8b5c57
The figures in the petition are understandably older.
As of October 20th, UN reported that 4,137 Palestinians had been killed, including at least 1,661 children and 908 women, about 13,162 were injured, and at least 1,000 were still trapped under the rubble. In Israel, there were 1,400 casualties and 4,629 injured. About 1.4 million Gazans were IDPs, with more than 544,000 sheltering in 147 UN-designated emergency shelters in increasingly dire conditions. At least 30% of all housing units in the Gaza Strip have been destroyed or damaged, and 20% of the houses are no longer fit to live in. In UN’s words, the 20 trucks of aid let into Gaza on October 21st amount to “a drop in the ocean”.