Action Alerts

URGENT: House Vote on Iraq War Powers TODAY—Call your Rep NOW!

Sometime after noon today, the House will take an important vote that is likely to determine whether the U.S. launches airstrikes in Iraq.

If the House passes the McGovern-Jones-Lee H. Con. Res. 105, which it well might, direct U.S. military intervention in Iraq will be much less likely. The bill requires the President to seek explicit Congressional approval for involving U.S. troops in combat.

Call your Representative now and urge them to vote YES on H. Con. Res. 105. You can call the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121. Ask to be connected to your Representative’s office. When you reach a staffer, say:

My name is ____ and I’m calling from ____ to urge Representative ____ to vote YES on H. Con. Res. 105 to require the President to seek Congressional authorization before using military force in Iraq.

When you’ve made your call, you can report it using our easy response form below.

National Day of Action for Gaza Congressional Office Visit Events

Thursday, July 24 is a National Day of Action for Gaza in the US. Just Foreign Policy is calling on members to deliver this petition to local congressional offices in conjunction with protests, vigils, and other events being organized throughout the country.

Below is a list of petition delivery events currently scheduled. Email the event contact to RSVP. If there is no event in your area and you would like to start one, please fill out our form.

California

Rep. Jerry McNerny
4:45pm
Antioch Community Center
4703 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
Event Contact: Jeff Campbell, piper4peace@gmail.com

Sen. Barbara Boxer
Noon
312 N. Spring St. Suite 1748
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Event Contact: Dario Monsalve, Monsalves@yahoo.com

Sen. Barbara Boxer
Noon
70 Washington Street, Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94607
Event Contact: Priscilla Rich, pdrich350@gmail.com

Rep. Barbara Lee
3:30 pm with march to follow
1301 Clay Street Suite 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612
Event Contact: Sandra, revdecker@msn.com

Rep. Susan Davis
Noon
2700 Adams Avenue Suite 102
San Diego CA 92116
Event Contact: Michael Brackney, michaelbrackney@gmail.com

Rep. Scott Peters
Noon
4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92121
Event Contact: Michael, mghardcastle@cox.net

Rep. Lois Capps
Noon
1411 Marsh Street, Suite 205
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Event Contact: Silvi Surez, lilaplay@ymail.com

Rep. Mike Honda
Noon
2001 Gateway Place
Suite 670W
San Jose, CA 95110
Event Contact: Shahid Siddiqui, sksiddiqui@yahoo.com

Rep. Sam Farr
Noon
701 Ocean Street, Room 318C
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/558359054268708/?context=create&source=49
Contact: Kathleen Eschen-Pipes, pipesession@aol.com

Five members of my family were just killed in Gaza

The following is a message from Abir Elzowidi to Just Foreign Policy supporters.

My name is Abir Elzowidi. I work in Los Angeles for a small NGO called “Oasis of Peace” promoting peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians, Christians, Muslims and Jews.

A few days ago, five members of my family—including two small children—were killed in my village of Beit Hanoun in Gaza. A few days before, several other family members were told to leave their homes and made to stand by and watch as members of the Israeli Defense Force bombed their homes. They are now homeless, including my 93 year-old grandmother. Now I am afraid for the safety of my mother, my sister, my brother and their children in Gaza City as they are bombing randomly all around them. They, like others in Gaza, have nowhere safe to go.

I am grieving but I need your support. Together, we are not powerless. We can use our voices in this country to say enough is enough: stop the bombing, stop killing innocent children!

Thursday, July 24, will be a national day of action on Gaza. Here are two things you can do to help stop the violence:

Obama: Don't Let Israel Bomb Gaza Hospital

International solidarity activists, including American journalist Joe Catron, are acting as “human shields” to prevent the Israeli military from bombing Wafa Hospital in Gaza.

Urge President Obama and your representatives in Congress to demand that Israel refrain from bombing Wafa Hospital and other medical facilities in Gaza protected by international humanitarian law by signing our petition at MoveOn:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/dont-bomb-Gaza-hospital

As of Wednesday morning, 213 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, including at least 34 children. [1] [2] About 80% of the casualties have been civilians, according to the UN. [3]

Wafa Hospital in Gaza’s Shujaiyya district has already been hit twice by Israeli airstrikes. The Israeli military has told the hospital to evacuate, but the hospital’s staff say that 16 elderly and terminally ill patients are too frail to move. [4]

When an Israeli military officer called the hospital late on Tuesday warning that it must be evacuated by 8AM Wednesday morning, Dr. Basman Alashi, the hospital’s executive director, called the World Health Organization, saying that such a move would risk the lives of patients.

On Wednesday, while many inhabitants of the surrounding area were fleeing in response to Israeli bombardment warnings, Dr. Alashi, 16 medical staff members and the same number of patients stayed behind.

They have been joined by eight international solidarity activists, including American journalist Joe Catron, who have volunteered to act as human shields at the hospital. [5]

Press President Obama and Members of Congress to demand that Israel not bomb Wafa Hospital or other medical facilities in Gaza protected by international humanitarian law by signing and sharing our petition:

Don't let Congress kill Iran talks!

The deadline on the latest round of Iran talks is just around the corner and, as expected, the Iran hawks in Congress are getting ready to swoop in for the kill.

Senators Robert Menendez and Lindsey Graham are circulating a letter that sets unreasonable demands on an agreement which have no productive use other than creating ill-will. [1]

AIPAC and friends are out on the Hill lobbying aggressively to get your Senators to sign this letter. That’s why they need to hear from you!

Tell your Senators not to sign the Menendez-Graham letter by sending an email today.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/letdiplomacywork

Negotiators are hard at work trying to reach a final deal with Iran, which will require compromise on both sides. But the conditions set in the Menendez-Graham letter throw compromise out the window by insisting on such non-starters as the dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

Iran has held to its side of the interim deal. It has shown good faith so far. We need to give the negotiators the chance to do their work without interference from those who don’t seem to want to see a deal—no matter the form. Since war is the only alternative to diplomacy, we need to fight against any attempt to sabotage talks.

The deadline for Senators to sign is Wednesday. Tell your Senators not to sign the Menendez-Graham letter now.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/letdiplomacywork

Thanks for all you do to help avoid war,

Megan Iorio and Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy

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Congress: Use War Powers to Pull U.S. Troops From Iraq

Without Congressional authorization, President Obama has sent hundreds of U.S. soldiers to Iraq who could be used to call in airstrikes – airstrikes that would be certain to kill Iraqi children against whom we have no grievance.

Congress has never voted on this. When Congress passed the War Powers Resolution in 1973, it included a provision for just this situation: a provision to allow Members of Congress to force a vote on the deployment of U.S. troops to a combat situation.

Representatives Jim McGovern, Walter Jones, and Barbara Lee are now using this provision of the 1973 War Powers Resolution to force a vote on the deployment of U.S. soldiers for offensive military action in Iraq.

Urge your Representative to co-sponsor and vote for H Con Res 105 by signing our petition at MoveOn:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/iraq-withdrawal-war-powers

On June 19, President Obama notified Congress that he was sending U.S. troops to Iraq to serve as advisers to the Iraqi military. Press reports have indicated that these troops could be used for offensive military action, including calling in airstrikes. These are different troops than the troops President Obama sent earlier to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Congress has not authorized the U.S. use of military force in Iraq now. Nearly 200 Members of the House are on record saying that the authorization for the use of force in Iraq passed by Congress in 2002 should not be used to justify the use of force in Iraq today.

Under the War Powers Resolution passed by Congress in 1973, Members of Congress have 30 days from the President’s June 19 notification to introduce a “privileged” resolution – a resolution that can’t be buried in committee, but must go to the floor to be voted on – which would require the troops to be withdrawn.

Press Obama Administration for Gaza Ceasefire

The Israeli military carried out a second night of airstrikes in Gaza July 8. As of Wednesday morning, July 9, at least 29 Palestinians had been killed since the airstrikes began July 7, including seven children under the age of 16. [1] At least two Israelis had been lightly wounded by rocket fire from Gaza, Haaretz reported. [2] The military conflict “showed no signs of abating,” according to a New York Times report on July 9. [3]

Urge President Obama and your representatives in Congress to support vigorous diplomatic efforts to end the violence, by signing our petition at MoveOn:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/ceasefire-Israel-Palestine

From the past, we know how this ends. There will be a new ceasefire. The key question is how long it will take, how many people will be killed and injured, how much will be destroyed in the meantime.

The United States can help save both Israeli and Palestinian lives by speaking out urgently in support of a ceasefire, and working vigorously with U.S. allies in the region that have good relations with both sides, such as Egypt and Jordan, to press for a ceasefire. The U.S. can help make the ceasefire last by pressing for an agreement that would permanently lift the blockade of Gaza.

The State Department should also continue to press for an investigation of the beating of U.S. citizen Tarek Abu Khdeir while in Israeli police custody. [4]

Press the Obama Administration to engage vigorously and urgently by signing and sharing our petition.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/ceasefire-Israel-Palestine

Thanks for all you do to help rid humanity of the scourge of war,

Robert Naiman and Megan Iorio
Just Foreign Policy

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Tarek out of jail; U.S. demands investigation of beating

Thank you to the 12,600 of you who took action for Tarek Abu Khdeir!

We’re happy to report that Tarek was released from jail yesterday morning. Even though he was not charged with any crime, his family was made to pay $877 bail and he was sentenced to house arrest until his scheduled departure for the US next week.

Tarek’s case is unjust, but his position as a US citizen helped attract world-wide attention and expedited his release, something that the hundreds of Palestinian children arrested by Israel each year are not afforded. Defense for Children International reported 214 Palestinian children in Israeli jails at the end of May, with the number surpassing 250 during Israel’s recent military campaign in the West Bank.

The State Department has called for Israeli authorities to conduct a “speedy, transparent and credible investigation” on Tarek’s beating. We will continue to follow the situation closely.

For a media round-up on Tarek’s release, including this morning’s New York Times front page and a Washington Post video interview with Tarek and his mother, check out this article at Mondoweiss.

Thank you for helping protect a US citizen abroad,

Megan Iorio and Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy

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URGENT ACTION: Teenage US Citizen Beaten by Israeli Police

A 15-year-old Palestinian-American youth was severely beaten by Israeli police in East Jerusalem on July 3 [1]. The beating was caught on video. [2] According to the human rights group Addameer, the victim, Tarek Abu Khdeir, from Tampa, Florida, was beaten by two undercover Israeli police in the yard of his uncle's home in East Jerusalem. [3]

Tarek, who sustained serious injuries to the face and head was arrested and held without charge by Israeli police, who denied him access to medical care for five hours. Tarek is a relative of Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the 16-year-old Palestinian boy found burned to death on Wednesday in what was apparently an act of retribution by Israeli extremists for the killing of three Israeli teenagers. [4]

Urge the State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, and the U.S. Consulate in East Jerusalem to protest Tarek’s beating by Israeli police, to demand that he receive adequate medical attention and due process, and to attend his court hearing on Sunday morning.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/tarek

If you're on Twitter, join the Twitter Storm NOW (11am Pacific/1pm Central/2pm Eastern/9pm Palestine) being led by @samidounpp. The hashtag is #FreeTarek.

Thank you for helping protect a US citizen abroad,

Robert Naiman and Megan Iorio
Just Foreign Policy

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Call TODAY: Tell your Rep to Support Rigell-Lee Letter

Some people claim that there’s nothing we can do to stop the President from launching a new war in Iraq, if that’s what he decides to do. But last August, when the President had decided to bomb Syria, we proved that wasn’t true. When 192 Members of the House said he had to come to Congress for authorization before using military force, the President decided to go to Congress. When he couldn’t get authorization for force, he chose diplomacy instead.

We have the same opportunity now. If we can get enough Members of Congress to sign the Rigell-Lee letter saying that the President has to come to Congress before using force, we can stop the rush to war.

Call your Representative now at 202-225-3121. When you speak to a staffer, say:

I urge Rep. ____ to sign the Rigell-Lee letter, saying the President must come to Congress for authorization before using force in Iraq. I would like to know whether Rep. ____ plans to sign the Rigell-Lee letter.

When you’ve made your call, you can report it using our easy response form below.