Skip to main content

“While we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8

Office of Public Witness
Join us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   Subscribe by RSS

For more information:

The Office of Public Witness
Phone: (202) 543-1126
Fax: (202) 543-7755
Send email

Or write to:
100 Maryland Ave. NE
Ste. 410
Washington, D.C. 20002

HomeElected OfficialsIssues and LegislationElection and CandidatesMedia Guide
Action Alert
Tell Congress: humanitarian aid must not be used as a political bargaining chip.

When President Trump signed the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA) in October 2018, legal experts warned that it would effectively terminate all U.S. humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territories, putting the lives of the most vulnerable Palestinians at risk and jeopardizing regional security. The Palestinian Authorities' announcement in January that the new conditions imposed by the ATCA made them unable to accept U.S. humanitarian aid confirms these dire predictions.

The Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act was intended to assist the families of terrorist attack victims collect damages from foreign governments, but the strings it attaches to U.S. humanitarian aid make it impossible for the Palestinian Authority to accept any aid. This not only includes economic assistance but also funding for programs that combat drug trafficking, weapons proliferation, and--ironically--international terrorism. ATCA further undermines an already dire economic situation and prevents relief organizations from providing much needed assistance.

Call on your members of congress to ensure a resumption of vital U.S. humanitarian assistance to Palestine by amending the ATCA.

The ATCA is only the latest attempt by the Trump Administration to use humanitarian aid for political leverage. In 2018, the U.S. suspended all funding for the United Nation Relief and Works Agency that assists Palestinian refugees. In addition, the Trump Administration reprogrammed Fiscal Year 2017 economic assistance that goes toward funding NGOs in their work in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The President hopes that these cuts will force the Palestinian Authority to agree to resume peace negotiations on his terms.


Take Action
1 Compose Message
Message Recipients:
Your U.S. Senators
Your U.S. House Representative
Delivery Method:
Email
Printed Letter
Subject:
Editable text:
(edit or add your own text - 9152 characters left)

Tip: Cutting-and-pasting? Save as plain text first.
Your Closing:
Your Name:
2 Sender Information
Privacy Disclaimer: Your e-mail messages to Congress are stored in a system that PCUSA Washington Office associates have access to, and from time to time your letters to Congress may be read by us, as we gauge public interest in our E-Serve system.
Your Contact Information:
Prefix (required by some officials)
First *
Last *
Email *
Address *
City *
State/Province *
ZIP/Postal Code *
ZIP + 4
Phone (required by some officials)
Remember Me! (what's this?)
Sign me up for the Action E-Serve.
A copy of your message will be sent to the e-mail address entered above.

(Please click only once.)
powered by CQ Roll Call ©2019