As 13 Democratic Senators send a letter to the Trump administration urging it to “do more to alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip,” USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer tells The Forward that the letter does not go far enough, and that humanitarian framing falls short of addressing the root of the problems in Gaza – namely, the ongoing Israeli occupation:

Some human rights advocates wish the letter had gone further. “It’s important that members of Congress are speaking out,” the executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Yousef Munayyer, told me. “But while there’s a need for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the proper response is to call for an end to the policies that make humanitarian aid necessary and to demand accountability for the crimes that have taken place.”