A group of Democrats in the Texas Legislature are calling for a ceasefire, as Israel fights back against attacks from Hamas.
In a letter to Texas Democrat Party Chairman Gilbert Hinojosa, Democrat State Reps. Ron Reynolds (Houston), John Bryant (Dallas), Terry Meza (Irving), and Ana-Marie Ramos (Richardson) asked the state party to urge President Joe Biden to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas War.
“It is our moral and humanitarian obligation to advocate for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. A ceasefire is the first step towards bringing about the much-needed calm that can pave the way for dialogue and peaceful resolution,” the lawmakers wrote.
“For generations, the Palestinian people have endured the hardships of occupation, and it is incumbent upon us to reaffirm our commitment to a sovereign Palestinian state living harmoniously alongside Israel. We must actively facilitate the resumption of negotiations and dialogue,” they continued.
Meanwhile, Texas has taken numerous steps to show support for Israel since the start of the conflict over a month ago, when hundreds of Israelis were kidnapped or killed by Hamas.
Gov. Greg Abbott has distributed over $4 million in grants to 31 Jewish organizations that will support physical security enhancements and other security measures. Two days after the conflict began, Abbott issued an Executive Order preventing “every state agency from purchasing goods produced in or exported from the Gaza Strip, and from any organization or state actor with ties to Hamas.”
Just last week, Abbott visited Israel with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and pledged the state’s support.
“Texas has always, and will always, support Israel and the Israeli people,” said Abbott. “During this trip, I saw firsthand the resilient spirit of the Israeli people. The strength and hope displayed as I met with Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Herzog, survivors of the October 7 attack, and families of kidnapped Israelis was truly inspiring. The resolve of Israel’s leaders and the bravery of its people have never wavered in the face of evil, and the people of Israel are once again uniting to vigorously fight to defend their freedom. Texas will continue to help support Israel safeguard their freedom against brutal terrorist organizations like Hamas.”
Hinojosa has not responded to the lawmakers’ request.