House Democrats Introduce Resolution Calling for Gaza Ceasefire

The resolution would urge Biden to work toward de-escalation

On Monday, a group of progressive Democrats in the House introduced a resolution calling for de-escalation and an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and Israel.

“I am grieving for every Palestinian, Israeli, and American life lost to this violence, and my heart breaks for all those who will be forever traumatized because of it. War and retaliatory violence doesn’t achieve accountability or justice; it only leads to more death and human suffering,” Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) said in a statement on the resolution.

The effort is being led by Bush and Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), André Carson (D-IN), Summer Lee (D-PA), and Delia C. Ramirez (D-IL). It has received support from Reps. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Jesús García (D-IL), Jonathan Jackson (D-IL), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Nydia Velázquez (D-NY).

The resolution would urge “the Biden Administration to call for an immediate de-escalation and ceasefire in Israel and occupied Palestine, to send humanitarian aid and assistance to Gaza, and to save as many lives as possible.”

Amid Israel’s onslaught on Gaza, which has already killed over 2,700 Palestinians, the State Department circulated instructions to its diplomats not to call for a ceasefire or a de-escalation of the conflict. The vast majority of Congress is also strongly backing Israel and wants to pass legislation for new military aid, giving the ceasefire resolution no chance of passing if brought to a vote.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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