Thank 54 Members of Congress Who Signed Letter Seeking Lift of Gaza Blockade

January 27, 2010

Congressman Keith Ellison
Congressman Keith Ellison

The Muslim Public Affairs Council today applauded 54 members of Congress who signed a letter to President Obama asking his Administration to lift the blockade on Gaza.

SEE: "Ellison, McCollum and Oberstar Urge Obama to Lift Gaza Blockade" (Minnesota Independent)

Led by Congressmen Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Jim McDermott (D-WA), the letter to the President reads in part, "The unabated suffering of Gazan civilians highlights the urgency of reaching a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we ask you to press for immediate relief for the citizens of Gaza as an urgent component of your broader Middle East peace efforts."

"Ending the situation in Gaza is absolutely necessary to achieving a sustainable Mideast peace," Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati. "We recognize and applaud these elected officials for seeking to end the ongoing humanitarian crisis. We must continue to support our elected officials who uphold the human rights of the Palestinian people and hold those officials accountable who do not uphold those rights."

MPAC today also released a white paper "One Year After 'Operation Cast Lead': No Change, No Accountability" examining the devastation caused by Israel's 22-day military assault code-named Operation Cast Lead. In the year that has passed, the people of Gaza have remained under a suffocating economic siege, their movement has been further restricted, virtually no re-building has taken place, and their humanitarian crisis has further expanded. The impediment of humanitarian aid by both Egypt and Israel is only aggravating the dire conditions under which people are living.


  1. Contact and thank these 54 members of Congress for their leadership.
    Below is a list of the 54 Congressional signatories and their phone numbers.
  2. Contact your Congressional Representative and ask them to support the letter.


Raul Grijalva AZ (202) 225-2435
Barbara Lee CA (202) 225-2661
Bob Filner CA (202) 225-8045
Diane Watson CA (202) 225-7084
Fortney Pete Stark CA (202) 225-5065
George Miller CA (202) 225-2095
Jackie Speier CA (202) 225-3531
Lois Capps CA (202) 225-3601
Loretta Sanchez CA (202) 225-2965
Lynn Woolsey CA (202) 225-5161
Michael M. Honda CA (202) 225-2631
Sam Farr CA (202) 225-2861
Jim Himes CT (202) 225-5541
Bruce D. Braley IA (202) 225-2911
Andre Carson IN (202) 225-4011
John A. Yarmuth KY (202) 225-5401
James P. McGovern MA (202) 225-6101
John Tierney MA (202) 225-8020
John W. Oliver MA (202) 225-5335
Michael E Capuano MA (202) 225-5111
Stephen F. Lynch MA (202) 225-8273
William D. Delahunt MA (202) 225-3111
Donna F. Edwards MD (202) 225-8699
Elijah E. Cummings MD (202) 225-4741
Carolyn C. Kilpatrick MI (202) 225-2261
John Conyers MI (202) 225-5126
John D. Dingell MI (202) 225-4071
Betty McCollum MN (202) 225-6631
James L. Oberstar MN (202) 225-6211
Keith Ellison MN (202) 225-4755
David E. Price NC (202) 225-1784
Bill Pascrell, Jr. NJ (202) 225-5751
Donald M. Payne NJ (202) 225-3436
Rush D. Holt NJ (202) 225-5801
Eric Massa NY (202) 225-3161
Maurice D. Hinchey NY (202) 225-6335
Paul Tonko NY (202) 225-5076
Yvette D. Clarke NY (202) 225-6231
Marcy Kaptur OH (202) 225-4146
Mary Jo Kilroy OH (202) 225-2015
Earl Blumenauer OR (202) 225-4811
Peter A. Defazio OR (202) 225-6416
Chaka Fattah PA (202) 225-4001
Joe Sestak PA (202) 225-2011
Glenn C. Nye VA (202) 225-4215
James P. Moran VA (202) 225-4376
Peter Welch VT (202) 225-4115
Adam Smith WA (202) 225-8901
Brian Baird WA (202) 225-3536
Jay Inslee WA (202) 225-6311
Jim McDermott WA (202) 225-3106
Gwen Moore WI (202) 225-4572
Tammy Baldwin WI (202) 225-2906
Nick J Rahall II WV (202) 225-3452

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