There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t been said, but the message can’t be said enough. Gaza’s people are under the imminent threat of genocide at the hands of the extremist Israeli government, backed by the full weight of the U.S. government.

Still, it’s amazing to see the blatant hypocrisy. Benjamin Netanyahu can say Israel must control “from the river to the sea,” an open call for genocide, whereas members of Congress seek to expel or even deport college students who say the same about Palestine.

What’s more, Tennessee Congressman Andy Ogles says of Palestinians, “kill them all,” but it’s our first and only Palestinian-American member of Congress who receives a censure, even by our own Democratic representative, Jared Golden.

While so many of us are horrified by the struggles of Palestinians in Gaza, the thought of Israel Defense Forces invading Rafah is a nightmare few can bear. As it stands, more than one million innocent civilians wait for March 10 when Israel plans to invade.

This is neither politics nor war. This is genocide.

President Biden has the power to end this bombardment. That isn’t my opinion, it’s the opinion of the Israeli war cabinet.

Therefore, if the Biden Administration and members of Congress won’t act, the responsibility falls on us to say “not in our name.” This includes city councils, school boards, local newspapers, and every single U.S. citizen concerned with Palestinian lives.

If anybody wants to see a ceasefire, I call on them to speak up loudly and clearly.

Hunter Kissam, Lewiston

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