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Let’s take the new Congress to Palestine

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Thirty-nine newcomer Congresswomen and men, and 5 newcomer Senators are going to Capitol Hill in January! To give members of Congress and their constituents the opportunity to see for themselves, a U.S. nonprofit organization, Rebuilding Alliance, is hosting a Congressional Leadership Learning Mission to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, December 14-21st.  Constituents in their state or district have the most influence in convincing them to take this important trip.

Notably, the newcomers are able to visit Gaza prior to assuming office, without restriction. However, because incumbents and their staff are government employees, the State Department states they are not allowed to go – and that rule has blocked everyone.

Click Here Now to invite your Representative and Senators to experience Palestine in December! (there’s even a special template for inviting Congressional newcomers)


  1. CALL their office,
  2. ASK for their Scheduler, and
  3. SAY, as a Constituent, that you’ve just emailed the invitation to join Rebuilding Alliance’s Congressional Leadership Learning Mission to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza — and you need an answer before Nov. 13th when Ethics Committee applications are due.   

To contact the newcomers, please check your voting materials to send them the invitation by email and to follow-up with a phone call.   Again, call and ask for their scheduler, and tell them that, as a Constituent, that you are inviting them to on an expense-paid Congressional Leadership Learning Mission to the Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza on December 14-21st. The trip is sponsored by Rebuilding Alliance, a U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit, in full accordance with House and Senate Ethics Committee rules.

Regarding timing, incumbents must send their application to the Ethics Committee a month before departure so there’s only a few days left for them to sign up. With newcomers, because they’re not yet sworn-in, the Ethics Committee confirmed that they do not require review — this means you have a bit more time to convince them to go.

Please note: Rebuilding Alliance’s Congressional Leadership Learning Mission is a Constituent Accompaniment Tour, so if you would like to your accompany your Senators or Representative plus raise the funds to pay your own way, please click here to apply. The cost is $2700 per person not including airfare.

Emailing and calling Congress today to invite them is crowd-based advocacy at its best — helping them see for themselves really matters.

Donna Baranski-Walker

Donna Baranski-Walker is founder and Executive Director of Rebuilding Alliance, a U.S. Nonprofit based in Silicon Valley that helps Palestinian villages build affordable homes, schools and most recently, a birthing center and works to make them safe.

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7 Responses

  1. RoHa on November 10, 2018, 1:52 am

    Yes, they will go, they will be shocked, they will go back to the US full of good intentions.

    Then the guy from AIPAC will come round with selected stills from the video.

  2. davisherb on November 10, 2018, 8:48 am

    I don’t think an aware person elected to Congress needs a trip. They always have a choice, take the money arranged by Zionist lobbyists or don’t take the money and have the wrath of “anti-semitism” showered upon them.
    Faith based beliefs or rational thinking about solutions? Face reality, the major issue is a war of religions with the only chance for long term peace being a rational solution.

    • Misterioso on November 10, 2018, 10:16 am


      “Face reality, the major issue is a war of religions…”


      The “major issue” is Zionism, i.e., the premeditated dispossession, occupation, oppression, expulsion, brutalization and mass killing of indigenous Muslim and Christian Palestinian Arabs (who including their ancestors, have lived continuously between the River and the Sea for about 15,000 years) by Jewish Zionists of foreign origin in order to create an exclusionary, expansionist, racist “Jewish state” in historic Palestine.

      • catalan on November 10, 2018, 12:43 pm

        “who including their ancestors, have lived continuously between the River and the Sea for about 15,000 years)” Misterioso
        Holy moly this is NOT a curious group of people. I have in my short life lived already in four different cities across continents (Europe, eastcoast, Southwest). These guys didn’t think to move in 15 thousand years! In the meantime, the English, the Greeks, the Romans, the Jews went everywhere. Talk about a sendentary lifestyle. “And this sir, is the lake where my gramps from 15 thousand years used to fish. That’s his fishing rod. It’s a family heirloom”

      • John O on November 10, 2018, 4:05 pm


        Well, it is the land of milk and honey. Would you want to move?

  3. catalan on November 10, 2018, 5:27 pm

    “Well, it is the land of milk and honey. Would you want to move?” John
    No, zero interest. New Mexico is hopefully the end of the road for me. It’s quiet, and seems it has a lower number of crazy people than virtually any other place. The desert, vastness, and dry weather just has a pull towards sanity. It’s one of the last frontiers not quite reached by “progress”.

  4. Kay24 on November 11, 2018, 5:25 am

    If they had some integrity, they will insist they go to the Palestinian territories too, when they go on their freebee trip to Israel. But let’s now hold our breaths.

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