Palestinian human rights organizations, Gaza residents, and US citizens with family members killed and displaced by Israel’s war filed a lawsuit last November against the Biden administration for failing to “prevent an unfolding genocide” in Gaza.
At the time the lawsuit was filed, 11,000 Palestinians had been murdered by Israeli forces. Today the death toll has exceeded 24,000. And the US has continued to provide Israel with weapons that have been used to wipe out entire Palestinian families.
This historic lawsuit seeks to enforce international law as codified in the Genocide Convention and US federal law. If the suit is successful, it will force the Biden administration to stop providing weapons to Israel.
Next week, the Ekō community is joining together with allies from all over the world to show support for the Palestinian plaintiffs during the lawsuit’s hearing in Oakland, California.
Here’s how you can get involved, wherever you are:
2. Write a message or create a piece of art in support of the courageous plaintiffs, or calling for an end to arms sales; include your name, city, and country; take a picture; and email it by Wednesday to Lacey@eko.org. We will display them outside the courthouse during the rally.
3. Watch your inbox for more ways to get involved.
The Ekō community has so far made 637 calls, sent 5,574 emails, and generated 127,142 petition signatures pressuring government officials to stop selling weapons to Israel. But if we are going to win this campaign, we need to continue speaking out and showing up.
Thanks for all that you do,
Lacey and the team at Ekō
Defense for Children International – Palestine v. Biden, Center for Constitutional Rights, 13 November 2023
Palestinian advocates seeking genocide ruling dismiss Biden’s response, cite Reagan precedent, SF Chronicle, 25 December 2023
77 Groups Worldwide Back Genocide Lawsuit Against Biden in U.S. Court, The Intercept, 10 January 2024
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