Archive for January, 2010

54 members of Congress ask Obama to end blockade of Gaza

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010



Washington, D.C. | January 26, 2010 | | Last Thursday, 54 Members of the House of Representatives led by Congressman Ellison of Minnesota and Congressman McDermott from Washington State signed a letter to President Obama asking his Administration to lift the blockade on Gaza.  In the letter to President Obama, the 54 Members of Congress said “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.”  Click here to read the full letter.

ADC President Mary Rose Oakar said “Now is the time to hold our elected Officials accountable to work for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. These 54 Members should be recognized for their courage in attempting to bring an end to the unfair treatment of the Palestinian people.”

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) urges you to recognize and thank these 54 US House Representatives for exhibiting leadership by contacting them TODAY. Please see below for the list.



Name State Phone #
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      



NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is non sectarian and non partisan, is the largest Arab-American civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980, by former Senator James Abourezk to protect the civil rights of people of Arab descent in the United States and to promote the cultural heritage of the Arabs. ADC has 38 chapters nationwide, including chapters in every major city in the country, and members in all 50 states.   

The ADC Research Institute (ADC-RI), which was founded in 1981, is a Section 501(c)(3) educational organization that sponsors a wide range of programs on behalf of Arab Americans and of importance to all Americans. 


Monday, January 25th, 2010

 Gaza flooded after Israel opens dam gates
Mon, 18 Jan 2010

Israel has opened the floodgates of one of its dams in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip, flooding Palestinian houses and causing severe damage.

The Israeli authorities opened the dam’s floodgates without any prior warning or coordination with local authorities in Gaza, stunning the residents of the area, the Press TV correspondent in Gaza reported late on Monday.

There has been heavy rain in the region over the past 24 hours. It seems the Israeli authorities could not handle the huge amount of rainwater and decided to open the floodgates without prior warning.

Because Gaza is located in a low-lying area and the elevation decreases on the way to the Mediterranean Sea, water gushed into the area, flooding two Palestinian villages and displacing a hundred Gazan families.

The locals say Israel intentionally caused the floods, the Press TV correspondent said.

The waters from the dam, called the Valley of Gaza, flooded houses in Johr al-Deek village, which is southeast of Gaza City, and Nusirat in the eastern part of the territory, where the Al-Nusirat refugee camp is also located.

The Valley of Gaza is about 8 kilometers long. It starts on the eastern Gaza border with Israel and ends in the Mediterranean.

The houses of many Palestinians have been flooded and a number of people are trapped inside or on their roofs, while many have also gone missing, the Press TV correspondent said.

Rescue teams are using small boats to evacuate the trapped people.

Hamas has condemned the act as a war crime and has called on all concerned parties to intervene and offer assistance to the locals.

The flooding has made life more difficult for the Gazans, especially for those still living in tents because their homes were destroyed in the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

In the war, more than 1,400 people were killed, mostly women and children, and over 10,000 houses were destroyed or damaged, forcing at least 500 families to live in tents.

Very little progress is seen in reconstruction of the devastated areas in the Gaza Strip, mostly due to the Israeli blockade, which has prevented the delivery of building materials to the coastal enclave.



Haneyya gov’t asks for urgent assistance to deal with floods

GAZA, (PIC)– The government of Ismail Haneyya on Tuesday appealed to the world community to save the flood-stricken areas in Gaza Strip and to send urgently needed construction material.

Ahmed Al-Kurd, the minister of social affairs, said in a press release that Gaza was the target of siege then war and now came the floods.

He said that his government started implementing an emergency plan to provide shelter for 70 families who sought refuge in one of the schools.

It is now necessary more than ever before to end the siege and allow entry of construction material to rebuild what was devastated by the Israeli war and the natural disasters.

For his part, minister of public works and housing Yousef Al-Mansi said that his ministry’s crews were working round the clock to rescue the citizens in areas submerged by the floods.

He denounced the Israeli occupation authority for opening the Gaza valley dam that led to flooding tens of Palestinian homes with rainwater, describing it as a fresh crime against the Palestinian people.

The government said in a statement that premier Haneyya was personally supervising the rescue operations in the flooded areas in central Gaza Strip.