On June 28, 32 Members of Congress sent a letter to the State Department calling on the United States to urge Israel to reconsider its charges against Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro.
Issa faces 18 charges in Israeli military court stemming from his nonviolent activism against illegal Israeli settlements in the city of Hebron. These courts convict Palestinians at a 99.74 percent rate, a fact which led these Members of Congress to fear the court “will not render a fair and impartial verdict.”
The letter also defends “the right of Palestinians to peacefully politically organize and demonstrate.”
Please thank these Members of Congress for speaking out on behalf of Issa and the right of Palestinians to protest Israel’s military occupation and settlements.
Here’s the list (alphabetically by last name) of the 32 Members of Congress who signed the letter:
Karen Bass (CA-37), Don Beyer (VA-8), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), André Carson (IN-7), John Conyers (MI-13), Danny Davis (IL-7), Peter DeFazio (OR-4), Keith Ellison (MN-5), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3), Luis Gutiérrez (IL-4), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-Delegate), Jared Huffman (CA-2), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Hank Johnson (GA-4), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Betty McCollum (MN-4), Jim McGovern (MA-2), Gwen Moore (WI-4), Chellie Pingree (ME-1), Mark Pocan (WI-2), David Price (NC-4), Bobby Rush (IL-1), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Peter Welch (VT-At Large).
Read the full text of the letter . And check out our action alerts from October 6 (Issa Amro’s whirlwind Capitol Hill tour), June 29 (Thank These 32 Reps. for Supporting Issa Amro), June 7 (#StandWithIssa While #Marking50 Years of Occupation) and March 24 (Issa Amro Should Be Free).