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25 House Democrats call on Blinken to condemn East Jerusalem evictions

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Twenty-five House Democrats signed a letter Wednesday calling on US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to condemn the looming evictions of Palestinians from homes in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood that are on land claimed by Jewish nationalists.

According to the Haaretz daily, the letter received far more support than originally expected, in the middle of a week when over a thousand rockets have been fired at Israel by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

There are 219 Democrats in the the 435-seat US House of Representatives. The higher-than-anticipated number of signatories on the letter, which has been circulated for nearly a week, reflects the steadily growing disapproval of the displacement plans within the Democratic Party.

The letter was co-sponsored by Illinois Rep. Marie Newman and Michigan Rep. Mark Pocan. It gained the signatures of Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Betty McCollum, Rashida Tlaib, Raul Grijalva, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andre Carson, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Cori Bush, Judy Chu, Ayanna Pressley, Bobby Rush, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Gerald Connolly, Jared Huffman, Peter Welch, Judy Chu, Alan Lowenthal, Veronica Escobar, Jackie Speier, Anna Eshoo, Chellie Pingree, Debbie Dingell and Hank Johnson.

The forced displacement of Palestinian families in #SheikhJarrah is a blatant human rights violation.

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