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Calls Demanding Ceasefire in Congress Continue to Grow

Members of Congress Call on Biden Administration to Establish a Ceasefire, Protect Children in the Gaza Strip

Arturo Dominguez
3 min readNov 16, 2023

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Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Mark Pocan (WI-2), and Betty McCollum (MN-4) led Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Biden titled, “Letter on the Rights of Children in Gaza” asking him to support a bilateral ceasefire in Gaza to protect the one million children living there.

We write to you to express deep concern about the intensifying war in Gaza, particularly grave violations against children, and our fear that without an immediate cessation of hostilities and the establishment of a robust bilateral ceasefire, this war will lead to a further loss of civilian life and risk dragging the United States into dangerous and unwise conflict with armed groups across the Middle East,” the letter reads. “Further, we write urging clarity on your strategic objectives for achieving de-escalation and stability in the region.”

The letter goes further than most demands for a ceasefire in asking for clarity on strategic objectives to achieve de-escalation. An issue most in the US are concerned with. While the majority of voters polled demand a ceasefire, it seems their elected representatives are set on ignoring their voices. Aside from Republicans ignoring the calls of their constituents, most Democrats are following suit leaving many to question whether they’re properly represented.

The letter reaffirms the congressional leaders’ “unequivocal condemnation of the Hamas attacks on Israel that took place on October 7th, in which Hamas killed 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals, and captured over 200 hostages, but it goes further to share the concerns of most of the US in the ongoing butchery of Palestinian civilians.

We also share dire concerns with the ongoing Israeli response, in which the Israeli Defense Forces have killed over 11,078 Palestinians, nearly half of whom have been children,” the letter continues. “During the past 39 days of hostilities, at least 4,506 children have been killed in the Gaza Strip and at least 7,695 children have sustained injuries.”

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Arturo Dominguez

Journalist covering Congress, Racial Justice, Human Rights, Cuba, Texas | Editor: The Antagonist Magazine |