Israel’s commando raid of a Gaza aid flotilla has sparked a surge of lobbying here in Washington.
Despite the congressional recess, groups from across the spectrum on the Middle East peace process went into action once news broke last Monday that nine activists died in a skirmish with the Israeli military. Advocates have been talking to lawmakers and the White House as well as garnering public backing by initiating letter-writing campaigns and phone calls to district offices of members of Congress during the break. …
Others seeking an end to the blockade are calling on lawmakers to come out against it.
“Unfortunately, the bastion of support for this humanitarian siege is in the Congress. Unless that changes, there will be no movement towards a peaceful and just resolution of the conflict,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (More)