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According to the Human Rights Watch, more than 96% of the water supply in Gaza is unable to be consumed by humans. People are sick, without healthcare and other basic needs. Palestinians and others in Gaza need your help. 

A ceasefire is needed. This requires both Israel and Hamas to put down their weapons and reinstate some semblance of peace to the Gaza Strip. 

Individuals must put aside their differences and understand that lives will continue to be damaged or lost entirely without intervention. This action is required not only by people in the Gaza Strip, but also by activists and diplomats internationally. 

Since October of 2023, the Palestinians in Gaza have been suffering. Basic necessities like toilets, electricity, and clean water have been rendered inoperable or inaccessible, according to the Palestinian Water Authority. 

Both Israel and Hamas are engaging in violence to meet their ends – both hold hostages. 

A ceasefire must mean that both the Israeli and Hamas forces leave Israeli-occupied Palestinian land. It must also mean that the occupiers restore resources back to the land’s initial inhabitants on leaving. 

“Hamas has refused to release all of the estimated 100 hostages it holds, and the remains of about 30 more, unless Israel ends its offensive, withdraws from Gaza and releases a large number of Palestinian prisoners, including fighters serving life sentences” an article from Al Jazeera said. 

It is time for students of Las Positas College to fight for the people of Gaza. After months of constant back and forth, the sickness and death must end. 

“At least 1,139 people were killed and about 250 captives were taken in Hamas-led attacks on southern Israel on Oct. 7. Israel’s retaliatory offensive on Gaza has killed more than 30,000 people, mostly women and children” Al Jazeera said. 

There’s a plethora of actions one can take to help the people of Gaza. According to an article by AFSC, the top choice is to “contact your member of Congress and call for an immediate cease fire.” In addition, the United Nations are accepting monetary donations to help the people in the Gaza Strip. 

It is time to end the suffering of the people in Gaza. Las Positas students must act to protect Palestinian lives before they are lost forever.

The Arab Resource and Organizing Center, also known as AROC, will host an upcoming protest in support of a ceasefire. The protest is planned to occur on March 11, 2024 in Redwood City, CA. 

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