Two Years after Operation “Cast Lead,” we demand accountability.
Two years after Operation "Cast Lead"--Israel’s horrific 22-day all-out assault of the besieged Palestinian Gaza Strip--which killed approximately 1,400 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians, Israel continues to collectively punish 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip through an illegal blockade, and to avoid accountability for its actions.
Dear President Obama,
On the two-year commemoration of Israel's killing of approximately 1,400 Palestinians during "Operation Cast Lead," I urge you to demand that Israel stop inflicting collective punishment on the 1.5 million residents of the Palestinian Gaza Strip through its illegal siege.
I also urge your Administration to stop blocking the international community from holding Israel accountable for its actions in "Operation Cast Lead," during which--the Goldstone Report found--Israel committed violations of human rights and international law, war crimes, and possible crimes against humanity.
On Human Rights Day, 2010, the State Department said that there is a "single universal standard that applies to every country, including our own. We apply it to Israelis," and that it views "Palestinians as being human beings under the Universal Declaration [of Human Rights] and entitled to these rights."
I urge your Administration to live up to these words in its policies toward Israel's actions upon Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
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