The escalation in and around the Gaza Strip is causing terrible suffering to people— to men, women, the elderly, and children— Palestinian as well as Israeli civilians. The military offensive conducted by the Israeli military has so far caused hundreds of Palestinian casualties; the vast majority of them unarmed civilians. The siege and economic blockade have reduced most of Gaza’s population to abject poverty, devastated its economy and caused the death of critically-ill patients who were denied access to vital treatment. Let Congress hear your voice that you agree with Secretary of State John Kerry’s frustration over the civilian toll in Gaza.
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The U.S. gives 3.1 billion dollars of U.S. tax payer’s money to Israel every year to maintain a military occupation and commit what the United Nations has called “war crimes” in the Palestinian territories. AJ+ asks policy analyst, Phyllis Bennis what this military, political and diplomatic “special relationship” means for the rest of the Middle East and what would be at stake if this unconditional support ended.
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