Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: End the arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, which has bombed hospitals, weddings, and other civilian venues.
Saudi Arabia has been pursuing an indiscriminate bombing campaign in Yemen, killing hundreds of civilians, bombing hospitals, marketplaces, and weddings. In a recent strike on a crowded marketplace, 119 people died including 22 children.
The harm caused by the Saudi-led bombing campaign cannot be fully encapsulated by the direct casualties of bombs. The damage and deprivation caused by the the campaign has also destroyed what infrastructure Yemen had. Millions have no access to electricity, and there are shortages of medicines and food. Yemen is on the brink of famine and many die due to lack of medical resources. The U.N. has investigated numerous Saudi and Coalition air strikes that have occurred during the war in Yemen and have found many to be unlawful.
This war could not happen without U.S. support, namely the estimated $1.29 billion arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia which includes over 18,000 bombs. Atrocities have been committed by all sides of the conflict, but only one side is aided by the U.S. Only one side is using its air force to target MSF hospitals using U.S.-made bombs.
It is within President Obama’s power to cancel the arms deal and cease U.S. support for the Saudi bombing campaign, sending the message that the U.S. does not support the bombing of hospitals and adding weight to his criticisms of other regimes who indiscriminately bomb civilian populations. Furthermore, cancelling the arms deal is in line with President Obama’s policy on arms sales. Sign our petition if you do not want the U.S. government to support a regime engaged in war crimes.
Dear President Barack Obama,
The U.N. has documented numerous war crimes on both sides of the war in Yemen. However, one side is the recipient of 1.29 billion dollars worth of arms from the U.S. In the wake of the recent bombing of a market space by Saudi bombers and the deaths of over 119 people including 22 children, it is impossible to conclude that the Saudi bombing campaign discriminates between civilian and military populations.
Furthermore, over the course of the bombing campaign, Saudi Arabia has systematically targeted hospitals other medical facilities such as the bombing of a MSF facility in Ta’izz. These are war crimes, meaning that an arms deal with the Saudi regime is against your own policy.
You may consider Saudi Arabia a key ally in the region, but supporting Saudi Arabia in this campaign will produce more enemies for the U.S. Furthermore, the bombing campaign is producing a humanitarian crisis and has cost thousands of lives. I hope that you can halt U.S. aid to a campaign that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians, many of them children.
[Your Name Here]
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