To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Press @JohnKerry & @WhiteHouse for #Gaza Ceasefire

The Obama Administration should urgently use all its diplomatic tools to press all parties in the Israel/Palestine conflict to agree to a ceasefire to stop the killing. The State Department should also continue to press for an investigation of the beating of Florida teenager Tarek Abu Khdeir in Israeli police custody.

Why is this important?

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]

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 in Israeli police custody of U.S. citizen Tarek Abu Khdeir. [4]

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

1. “Seven children killed in Israeli airstrikes over Gaza,” Defence for Children International Palestine, 9 Jul 2014,
2. “Live updates, July 7, 2014: Rockets bombard south, Hamas claims responsibility,” Haaretz, Jul. 8, 2014,
3. “Dozens of Gaza Strikes by Israel as Hamas Extends Rockets’ Range,”
Steven Erlanger and Isabel Kershner, New York Times, July 9, 2014,
4. “State Dept. demands investigation into reports of teen's beating in Israel,” Kyle Balluck, The Hill, 7/06/14,