A group of congressional staffers has anonymously signed onto a letter pressing lawmakers to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.
“We are Jewish and Muslim staffers and allied staff across the Hill,” the letter reads, according to a copy posted by Politico. “Today, we write to implore our bosses, Members of the United States Congress, to join calls for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.”
“We have appreciated seeing nearly every Member of Congress express quick and unequivocal solidarity with the Israeli people, but we are profoundly disturbed that such shows of humanity have barely been extended to the Palestinian people. Only a fraction have called for a ceasefire or at least cessation of hostilities. We believe that Palestinian civilians deserve to be remembered, mourned, and defended with the same rigor that Jewish Israelis deserve from the U.S. Congress,” the letter states.
“We sign this letter anonymously out of concern for our personal safety, risk of violence, and the impact on our professional credibility on Capitol Hill,” the letter reads before going on to state that the staffers are concerned they could lose their jobs if they openly sign the appeal for a ceasefire.
Reps. Cori Bush of Missouri and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, who have both been among the Democratic lawmakers advocating for a ceasefire, expressed their support for the anonymous staffers who joined the letter.
“I applaud the courageous Muslim and Jewish congressional staffers who led a letter calling for a #CeasefireNOW. I’m aware of the risk you’re taking to stand on the right side of history. I see you. We see you. You are loved, valued & appreciated,” Bush tweeted.
“Grateful for the 400+ brave staffers, led by Muslim & Jewish staff, putting themselves at risk in pursuit of justice,” Pressley tweeted. “As a former staff member, I know how hard it can be to do this work in the midst of your own fear, grief & trauma. We need a #CeasefireNOW to save lives.”
Democratic Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania has disagreed with the notion of pressing for a ceasefire.
“Now is not the time to talk about a ceasefire,” he said in a tweet. “We must support Israel in efforts to eliminate the Hamas terrorists who slaughtered innocent men, women, and children. Hamas does not want peace, they want to destroy Israel. We can talk about a ceasefire after Hamas is neutralized.”
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