Updated July 14, 2014
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Senator Ron Wyden
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Washington D.C. 202-225-6416 hours: M-F 9-5:30pm
Eugene 541-465-6732 hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm
405 East 8th Ave., #2030, Eugene, OR 97401
Congressman Greg Walden, Oregon 2nd District
Washington D.C. 202-225-6730
1051 NW Bond St., Suite 400, Bend, OR 97701
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon 1st District
Washington, D.C. (202) 225-0855 Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM EST
Beaverton (503) 469-6010 Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Toll Free: (800) 422-4003
12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 220, Beaverton, OR 97005
Congressman Kurt Schrader, Oregon 5th District
Washington, D.C. (202) 225-5711
Salem (503) 588-9100
544 Ferry Street SE, Ste 2, Salem, OR 97301
Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley
Thank you for sharing your concerns about the latest violence between Israel and the Palestinian people. I appreciate hearing from you and having the opportunity to share my perspective.
The vast majority of the Israeli people and of the Palestinian people share the same aspirations we all do: to see our children grow up in safety, to have a chance to make a living and build a better life for our families. And so all people – Israelis, Palestinians, Americans and others around the world – should condemn the extremists who target civilians and put the security and prosperity of both Israelis and Palestinians at risk.
I mourn the loss of life in this conflict. My thoughts are with the families of the three Israeli boys so heinously killed, with the family of the Palestinian teenager who was the innocent victim of an appalling revenge killing, and with the families in the Gaza Strip who have lost innocent loved ones. For all of them, including Tarek Abu Khdeir, and for all of the children scarred by air raid sirens and explosions in Sderot and Tel Aviv and Gaza, I continue to hope for peace.
Thank you, again, for sharing your thoughts on this matter. I hope you will continue to reach out to me about the issues most important to you.
All my best,
Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator
Please join us this Thursday, July 24, in this urgent call to stop the Israeli massacre in Gaza. In this latest round of violence by Israel, over 500 Palestinians have been killed and thousands are injured. Seventy-two percent of those are civilians, including over 80 children. One hundred thousand are displaced and living in makeshift shelters; electricity has been reduced to four hours a day for 80% of the population; water has been cut off to hundreds of thousands; hospitals have been bombed and there are shortages of everything from food to medicines. We must act now!
See event Facebook for updated details:
6:00 pm- Rally Pioneer Square
6:45 pm- March with stops along the way at stores targeted for BDS actions
7:45 return to Pioneer Square
There will also be a Bike Swarm for Palestine and Freedom Ride for Palestine that will circle Pioneer Square as we rally and then join the march. Look for Facebook pages for details on those actions.
Bike Swarm for Palestine- https://www.facebook.com/events/350235151800341/
Freedom Ride for Palestine- details coming soon!
Sponsored by SUPER, ISO, JVP, Friends of Sabeel Portland, AUPHR
An Open Letter to Senator Jeff Merkley
July 22, 2014
By Gilbert Schramm
Read more: An Open Letter to Senator Jeff Merkley
As a former supporter of yours, I was angered and saddened to see your response to my concerns about the Gaza conflict. Your position is simply not good enough. It is cowardly and enables pointless Israeli violence. In view of the fact that you voted for S Res 498, I cannot view you as worthy of the distinguished leadership position that Oregonians have conferred on you.
Like many progressives, I worked hard for your election. I will now suspend my work and contributions on your behalf—you clearly don’t have the good of our nation in focus.
Your statement decries the deaths on both sides, but the resolution you signed (S Res 498) is a one sided travesty that places a US seal of approval on the ongoing Israeli occupation and oppression of the Palestinian territories and the ongoing war crimes that are the direct result of that occupation.
The truth is that Israel is the guilty party here. This is a war of choice by Israel. Your statement misinforms your constituents by blurring that reality.
SodaStream Fires 60 Palestinians From West Bank Plant Over Ramadan Dispute
Barred From Bringing Food Due to Kosher Observance
The SodaStream company reportedly fired 60 Palestinian employees from its West Bank plant over a dispute on breaking the Ramadan fast.
The workers were fired earlier this month, the WAC-MAAN trade union representing the Palestinian workers told The Marker, a business newspaper associated with the Israeli daily Haaretz.
The evening shift workers reportedly received dismissal notices a day after complaining that the food they received to end the daily sun-up to sundown fast during the Ramadan holy month was not enough. They are prohibited from bringing their own food into the plant due to the observance of kosher laws there.
On the evening they complained, the workers were sent home with promises that the issue would be resolved, according to the Marker. They received the termination notices the following day.
SodaStream told the Marker in a statement that the workers were dismissed because they called a wildcat strike, which the company said was without cause.
“SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum proudly presents the plant as an oasis of coexistence between peoples, but the reality is very different,” WAC-Maan Jerusalem coordinator Erez Wagner told The Marker.
SodaStream has been in the news in recent months following the signing of actress Scarlett Johansson as a spokeswoman and the ensuing controversy over its West Bank factory. Johansson resigned as a global ambassador for Oxfam over her position with the company, which employs Jewish and Palestinian workers in Maale Adumim.
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