Fast for Palestine

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PLEASE JOIN THE FAST FOR PALESTINE
FOR PEACE . . .  IN DEFENSE OF LIFE . . .  AND IN FAVOR OF
THE LEAHY LAW

We call on you to join people who are fasting from 6 am to 6pm daily, starting December 12, 2023 and until all our elected officials have supported the following demands or until these two goals have been achieved.

  1. A permanent ceasefire in Gaza and the West Bank.
  2. Enforcement by the President and Congress of the Leahy Law with respect to the Israel Defense Forces. This law prohibits shipment of U.S. weapons to gross violators of human rights.

What’s the plan?

The fast involves drinking water or juice during the fasting hours and eating light meals in the morning and evening before and after the fasting hours.

Please call all your elected representatives to let them know of your fast and your demands.

To maintain their credibility as guardians of public well-being, all of our elected officials must take a public position in support of the above demands intended to stop the slaughter of Palestinian people.

Why?

On October 18, 2023, Josh Paul resigned from his U.S. State Department post in which he shared responsibility for approving U.S. weapons transfers, saying that weapons transfers to Israel for its current assault against Palestinians are “short-sighted, destructive and unjust.”

Mr. Paul also said further: “There is a Leahy vetting process for Israel. It has never found an Israeli unit to be guilty of gross violations of human rights. It’s a broken system.”

Since, the October 7, 2023 attack in which the Israeli government has announced 1,200 of its citizens were killed, Israeli military attacks, fully supported by the United States politically and with U.S. weapons, have killed more than 18,000 Palestinians. According to Palestinian officials, 70 percent of those killed are women and children.

In addition, more than two million Gazans are living in fear of instant death or slowly dying from starvation, disease, lack of medical care, lack of housing, lack of sanitary facilities and lack of protection against the rain and cold of winter.

And there is L3Harris in Northampton.

If you own stock in L3Harris, which has a plant in Northampton, or you are part of an institution that owns stock in that company, we urge you to sell that stock and/or call for divestment in that stock because L3Harris provides equipment to the Israeli Defense Forces.

This makes L3Harris illegally complicit in the genocide occurring in Palestine.  As the recent federal lawsuit filed against President Biden and others points out, complicity in the genocide occurring in Palestine is both a US crime and a crime under international law.  See paragraphs 322 and the following in the case Defense of Children International and others versus Joseph Biden, USDC, Northern District of California number 3:23-cv-589.  In that case, the Center for Constitutional Rights makes it clear that “Article III(e) of the Genocide Convention identifies “complicity in genocide” as a stand-alone crime. 18 U.S.C. § 1091 implements the Genocide Convention’s obligation to punish genocide under U.S. criminal law and defines the offense of genocide. See 18 U.S.C. § 1091(a).  Complicity includes the provision of means to aid, abet, enable or facilitate the commission of the crime.  Included in this complicity is the provision of weapons or other instruments and means used in the commission of a genocide, knowing that they would be used for that purpose.