Peace Not Walls - March 2023

Urge the Biden administration and Congress to hold Israel accountable and to end unconditional U.S. military aid to Israel

PNW Logo 3On Feb. 26 hundreds of Israeli settlers rampaged through the Palestinian village of Huwara, near Nablus. During this spate of unchecked violence, eight homes were burned, 35 buildings were damaged, over 250 cars were set on fire, at least 120 Palestinians were injured and one Palestinian man was killed. This attack is the worst instance to date of settler violence against Palestinians, yet violence by armed settlers is a daily occurrence.

The attack on Huwara occurred after a Palestinian killed two Israeli settlers near the village earlier that day. The killing of the settlers itself followed an Israeli attack on Nablus during which 11 Palestinians were killed and over 400 others injured, 80 by live ammunition. So far this year, at least 75 Palestinians, including 14 children, have been killed by the Israeli military and at least 13 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians.

We mourn all loss of life and seek an end to violence, but we must also seek an end to the structures of inequality and injustice at the roots of this violent conflict. This means ending Israel’s occupation and its policies that discriminate against Palestinians.

Equality also means demanding accountability from all parties. Palestinians responsible for violence are arrested or killed. Their actions often result in collective punishment, disproportionate violence by the Israeli military and settler attacks such as the one in Huwara. But there is little accountability for Israeli violations of Palestinian rights. The deaths of Palestinian civilians are largely ignored, and violence by settlers, often supported by the military, rarely brings legal consequences. Even high-profile killings such as the shooting of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh are justified by the Israeli military and government.

This is not a new problem. March 16 marks the 20th anniversary of the killing of American solidarity activist Rachel Corrie. For decades her family has pushed for accountability in her killing, without success.

For change to occur there must be accountability. That’s why a group of 10 churches and church-based organizations joined together this week to send a letter calling on the Biden administration and Congress to end U.S. military aid to Israel and hold Israel accountable for ongoing gross violations of Palestinian rights.

The U.S. is complicit in Israeli violence. Today we ask you to join with these churches by calling for Israeli accountability and an end to unconditional U.S. military aid to Israel.

Customize the letter below with your own story, local perspective, and/or faith-based reflection today.
POSTED 3/16/2023


  • President Joseph 'Joe' R. Biden
  • Your Senators
  • Your Representative


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Dear [Decision Maker],

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]