As Rep. Ellison explains, "Gazans want and deserve the dignity of economic opportunity and freedom to move. This can be accomplished only with an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip, which must be considered within the framework of a cease-fire. Israelis likewise deserve to live free of rocket fire and terror attacks."
We join Rep. Ellison in his call for the "international community [to] take steps to allow for the safe flow of goods and services into Gaza and the export of goods and services to neighboring countries" and support a "process to address Israel’s security concerns about lifting the blockade." PDA echoes Rep. Ellison's statement that, "There is no military solution to this conflict. The status quo brings only continued pain, suffering and war. Promoting economic development and social interaction in Gaza is in the long-term security interest of Israel and the rest of the region." Rep. Ellison correctly observes that, "engaging in dialogue is the first step toward stopping the violence" and "Ultimately, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be resolved with a final status agreement, and ending the violence and the blockade is a first step toward a permanent solution."
Therefore, PDA calls upon all parties to immediately cease any and all policies and tactics that perpetuate or risk perpetuating the violence and injustice in the region.
We further call upon the government of the United States--including the President, the State Department, and the U.S. Congress--to immediately re-balance U.S. policy and actions regarding this region to promote peace and justice, in accordance with all applicable U.S. and international law.
Finally, we call upon the government of the United States, regional and international nations and organizations, and the parties to the conflict to actuate an immediate ceasefire; quickly end the Gaza blockade and all violent actions; and to initiate a comprehensive diplomatic process to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Andrea Miller and Conor Boylan (PDA National Co-Executive Directors), Kim Buchan (Administrative Coordinator), Mike Hersh (Communications Coordinator), Judy Hess (Field Coordinator), Mike Fox (National Fundraising/Phone Banking Coordinator), Janis Kay (Social Media Coordinator), Jeanne Marie Dauray (National Issue Teams Coordinator), Debra Schrishuhn (Chapter Organizer/Network Administrator)
Mimi Kennedy (board chair) and Steve Cobble (political director)