Powerful Open Letter to President Biden

The Chief Presidium of the Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C), Sarbini Abdul Murad, has penned a  powerful letter to US President Joe Biden about the ongoing Crisis in Palestine.

The head of an international aid organization that is overseeing the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza is now under sustained assault by Israeli forces.

The letter criticizes the United States' facilitation of weapons to Israel, asserting: “.. You have destroyed the international rules of the game, insulted the authority of the UN, torn apart the sense of justice, and hurt human values, and tarnished the face of human civilization.”

Murad's words echo the urgent need for immediate intervention and a call for a ceasefire.

In the heartfelt letter, Murad emphasizes the gravity of the situation. He condemns the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, including children, women, and the elderly. Murad calls it to be nothing short of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

The appeal to President Biden is a poignant call to action. He urges the leader of a nation known for its dedication to justice and human rights to restore its commitment to these principles. The letter demands an immediate ceasefire, emphasizing the urgency of preventing further loss of life on both sides and reestablishing the United States as a beacon of peace and human dignity.

As the global community unites in solidarity, Murad's words stand as a testament to the collective responsibility to safeguard the sanctity of human life and work towards a world where justice and compassion prevail. The letter serves as a powerful plea for peace. It underscores the shared commitment to supporting the liberation of Palestinian land from Zionist colonialism and affirming the Palestinian people's right to return to their homes and land.

Honorable Mr. Biden

I am Sarbini Abdul Murad, Chief Presidium of Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) Indonesia.

Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) is an organization that aims to provide medical services for war victims domestically and overseas. As an organization that focuses on humanity and peace, the conflict between Palestine and Israeli has also become our concern.

What happening in Palestine are closely related to issues of colonialism, humanity, apart from religion. In fact, we hope that you, President of the United States, do not make the conflict any worse. We hope that you will really consider any attitudes and statements regarding Palestine. The attitude you take between upholding human rights and on the other hand actually arming other countries as a form of resistance. This certainly indicates that there are double standards in dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Once again, this is not about religion, ethnicity or race, but about humanity. A truly real humanitarian crisis is occurring in Palestine. All life is precious. We both agree that human life is the most sanctified value on this earth. We reject the targeting of civilians, and we mourn the loss of all civilian live. Gazans are facing death every day. Every five minutes, a Palestinian child is killed. Totally unacceptable. Babies, children, women, the elderly, the disabled, hospitals, ambulances, medics, schools, teachers, residential complexes, worship place and much more. This is completely genocide and ethnic cleansing.

However, it is very unfortunate that your siding with Israel by facilitating weapons of mass destruction has actually made the conflict even wider. Your action clearly contradicts various international treaties and agreements that are apply to the existence of Palestine. You have destroyed the international rules of the game, insulted the authority of the UN, torn apart the sense of justice, and hurt human values, and tarnished the face of human civilization.

Mr. President,

We believe you still have a conscience. Your great country certainly wants to be seen as honorable for its humanitarian defenses. Moreover, your administration has determined to make the principle of multilateralism, justice and human rights the foundation of United States foreign policy. So, actually this is the right to prove it. For the sake of peace and humanity, we demand that you immediately do ceasefire. Restore the dignity of the United States as a country that upholds human rights. The ceasefire must be implemented now, so as not to increase the loss of life on both sides. This all violates the laws, morals and ethics of war, which must be upheld in a civilized world.

We, the Indonesian people, and also the people all around world, will continue to support the struggle for the liberation of Palestinian land from Israeli Zionist colonialism. And the Palestinian people’s right to return to their homes and land.

Jakarta, November 20th, 2023

Sarbini Abdul Murad
Chief Presidium
MER-C Indonesia

About MERC:

Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) is a dedicated organization committed to delivering vital medical services to war victims, both within domestic borders and on the international stage. Rooted in a profound commitment to humanity and peace, MER-C extends its focus to global issues, with a keen concern for the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel.

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