US Congressman Danny Davis calls for lifting the blockade of Gaza

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US Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) has called for a lifting of the blockade against Gaza. In a September 8th letter to the Chicago Sun Times, one of the City’s two major daily newspapers, Davis urged an end to the blockade on humanitarian and strategic grounds. Congressman Davis now joins the only two other members of Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Barbara Lee, who have spoken out against the blockade.

Davis’ move is the result of a sustained effort by the Committee for Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP), urging the Congressman to advocate for an end to the Israeli occupation and to stop military aid to Israel. For years our community-based organization and other constituents in his district have met periodically with Rep. Davis’ staff to educate them on the issues and to urge action. In this most recent attempt, CJPIP was able to broker a meeting at a local church with the Congressman during the Congressional summer recess. We brought more than 40 constituents with us. The Congressman was visibly moved by our presentations that highlighted the horrific impact of Israeli attacks and siege on Gaza, linked the Israeli military occupation to police brutality and the breach of civil rights in Ferguson, MO, and illustrated connections to other human rights causes amplified by economic activism and divestment campaigns.  At the end the meeting, he pledged to write a statement. The Sun Times letter was published about two weeks later. CJPIP will continue to monitor the Congressman’s votes and circulate his statement, so that others may follow suit.

For more information please contact us at www.cjpip.org

Chicago resident, who met Gaza Writes Back authors last spring, asks Congressman Davis to lift the siege on Gaza.
Chicago resident, who met Gaza Writes Back authors last spring, asks Congressman Davis to lift the siege on Gaza.

 

 

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>> US Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) has called for a lifting of the blockade against Gaza.

Let the defamation begin…

I congratulate all the activists for persevering with Rep. Davis. They have worked a sort of magic. It is an old adage of politics, “OK, You’ve convinced me; now pressure me!”. Here it appers that educating and convincing ab honorable man was enough. He is a Congressman. he knows the score. He knows what awaits those who oppose Israel. I wish there were a re-election PAC for pro-Palestine folks (and pro-Human-Rights and pro-International-Law folks) to… Read more »

This is indeed good news! Thank you Congressman Davis.

It is fitting that the first and only Congress reps to stand up and be counted are African Americans.

Time for a “Rainbow” coalition.

Yay for the anti semites who dare call for lifting the blockade on Gaza!
He’ll be accused of calling for the destruction of Israel by allowing life sustaining necessities into Gaza.