AIUSA Toolkit: Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel

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PURPOSE OF TOOLKIT

The ongoing crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel is beyond horrifying. As human rights activists, we must urgently call on all to protect civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel – and on our leaders to urgently and swiftly take action to prevent further civilian bloodshed and trauma.

This toolkit provides guidance for Amnesty members and supporters to take action in supporting our calls. It will be updated regularly to provide the most up-to-date facts and figures. 

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Tell President Biden: Call for a ceasefire and weapons suspension to end unprecedented civilian suffering!


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#CeasefireNow: Prevent Further Loss of Civilian Lives

Ensure access to life-saving aid for people in Gaza and provide an opportunity to secure the safe release of hostages

By the numbers
33,207
33,207 people have been killed, with 70% being children and women, and 75,933 have been injured in the occupied Gaza Strip by Israeli forces.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
As of 4/8/2024
By the numbers
1.7 Million
Over 1.7 million, or 75%, of Palestinians have been internally displaced in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
As of 4/8/2024
By the numbers
1,139
1,139 Israelis were killed by Hamas on October 7.

Source: AP News
As of 3/18/2024

 

What is AMNESTY CALLING ON PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO Do?

  1. Call for an immediate ceasefire by all parties in the occupied Gaza Strip and Israel to prevent further loss of civilian lives and to ensure access to life-saving aid for people in Gaza amidst an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.
  2. Demand the lifting of restrictions on delivery of urgent humanitarian aid, including fuel, food and medical supplies, to the Gaza Strip in sufficient quantities to meet the dire needs of the civilian population, and urge the Israeli government to immediately restore Gaza’s supply of electricity, water, fuel, and food and rescind the unlawful evacuation order.
  3. Call for an end to unlawful attacks, including indiscriminate attacks, direct attacks on civilians and civilian objects, and disproportionate attacks.
  4. Demand that Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in Gaza release all civilian hostages unconditionally and immediately and treat all those being held captive humanely, including by providing medical treatment, pending their release.
  5. Demand the immediate suspension of the direct and indirect supply, sale, or transfer to the Israeli government of all weapons, munitions, and other military and security equipment, and make clear that the U.S. will not tolerate the perpetuation of war crimes or crimes against humanity with weapons it has provided to the Israeli government. We ask that the US government commit to implementing the administration’s own policies regarding human rights and civilian harm reduction.
  6. Call on the Israeli government to lift the unlawful 16-year blockade on Gaza, and dismantle its system of apartheid imposed over Palestinians. Support the International Criminal Court in urgently expediting its ongoing investigation into evidence of war crimes and other crimes under international law.

Activists hold up Ceasefire Now posters in front of White HouseCall the White House comment line

Encourage President Biden to support an immediate ceasefire; prioritize and facilitate the delivery of fuel to Gaza, scale up the provision of food, water, medical supplies and other humanitarian aid, and demand that the Israeli government immediately restore water, electricity, fuel, and food to the entire Gaza Strip.

Call (281) 572-5571

The phone line is open Tuesday-Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm ET.

By the numbers
4,760
4,760 Palestinians have been injured in the West Bank.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
As of 4/8/2024
By the numbers
428
4328 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
As of 4/8/2024
By the numbers
133
133 people remain captive by Hamas

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
As of 4/8/2024

800+ organizations around the world call for a ceasefire

#CeasefireNow: Open Call for an Immediate Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel to Prevent a Humanitarian Catastrophe and Further Loss of Civilian Lives

Quick Action
Demand a ceasefire by all parties to end civilian suffering

The unparalleled escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas and other armed groups has taken a devastating toll on civilians. The level of casualties is unprecedented. Countless lives have been shattered, ripped apart, and upended. With each day that passes more lives are lost and the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza is getting worse. Sign our petition to call for an immediate ceasefire by all parties to end civilian bloodshed and ensure humanitarian aid access to Gaza.

TAKE ACTION!

All parties must end unlawful attacks, including indiscriminate attacks, direct attacks on civilians and civilian objects, disproportionate attacks, and hostage taking.

This is why white phosphorus should never be used in civilian areas. Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. As we continue to closely investigate these deeply concerning cases, Amnesty urges Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups to respect International humanitarian law at all times; civilians must be protected at all costs.

Amnesty has gathered new evidence of unlawful Israeli attacks that caused mass civilian casualties and must be investigated as war crimes.

Israeli forces have shown an appalling disregard for civilian lives, lives with their own unique stories, and we have a responsibility to amplify them. Israeli forces have pulverized street after street of residential buildings, killing civilians on a massive scale and destroying not only essential infrastructure, but also the history and personal lives of Palestinians.

President Biden must cease US unreserved support for Israel’s actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), including the unlawful blockade and the evacuation order for all civilians in north Gaza, and stop providing arms used to commit violations.

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AIUSA’s Response to the Impacts & Escalation in the US

In addition, AIUSA is closely monitoring and responding to the impacts of this escalation in the US, including an increase in Islamophobia, anti-Arab/ Palestinian racism, antisemitism and hate crimes. We produced a video highlighting the horrific hate crime murder of 6-year-old Palestinian-American Wadea Al-Fayoume in Chicago.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Use our crisis response page as a resource and share with your networks the latest information and press releases from Amnesty (updated regularly).