In February of this year, polling from Gallup found that a record 26 percent of Americans sympathize with Palestinians over their Israeli oppressors—a 10-point increase over the 16 percent of Americans that sympathized with the Palestinians in 2001. The increase has been even sharper among Democrats. Today, 38 percent report feeling more sympathy for the Palestinians, more than double the 18 percent that felt the same way in 2001.
This change is in large part because of you. Your tireless advocacy has been vital to spreading the message of Palestinian human rights and showing the world—including Congress, the oppression that Palestinians face every day.
The change in Congress has been no different. During our 2022 Virtual Palestine Advocacy Days, we had a record-breaking 803 registrants, who met with over 130 Congressional offices. As a result of your hard work, H.R.2590, a bill that would bar Israel from using US funds for a wide range of human rights abuses against Palestinians, now has 32 cosponsors, up from 13 when it was first introduced— an unthinkable number from only a few years ago.
Thanks in large part to your advocacy, Congress is now considering restricting funding to an Israeli military unit, through the enforcement of the “Leahy Laws” for its murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
There is still much work to do. Israel continues to get away with violating the rights of Palestinians, annexing Palestinian land, occupying Palestinian territory, prosecuting children in military courts, and enforcing a system of apartheid on Palestinians.
Next year, we’re hoping to have our advocacy days back IN PERSON, visiting the halls of Congress in Washington, and we will continue to advocate as we always do for Palestinian rights, until Palestine is free.
In case you missed our Annual Palestine Advocacy Days, watch our recap video HERE.