October 17, 2023

Castro, Casar, Escobar, McGovern, Lee, Jayapal, García Call for Ceasefire to Protect Civilians

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, or, at minimum, a temporary cessation of all hostilities in Israel and Gaza to protect civilians. The statement was issued alongside Texas Representatives Greg Casar (TX-35) and Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Representatives James P. McGovern (MA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-12), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04).

“We remain outraged by the horrific terror attacks carried out by Hamas against Israeli civilians. We are also deeply alarmed by the rising civilian death toll in both Israel and Gaza, including nearly 1,400 Israelis and 3,000 Palestinians. This is a moment that calls for moral and strategic clarity. That is why we believe that the United States must help achieve an immediate ceasefire, or at minimum, a temporary cessation of all hostilities that stops the threats to civilians in Israel and Gaza.

“Let us be clear: our call for a ceasefire should not be mistaken as a lack of support for the protection of the people of Israel. To the contrary, it is because of our dedication to the safety of both Israelis and Palestinians that we seek a path forward without further escalating the toll of civilian dead and injured.

“A cessation of hostilities will allow for the negotiation of the immediate and safe return of all hostages, including Americans, and the delivery of essential humanitarian aid under international auspices. Hamas can and must be stopped and the security of Israel must be guaranteed without the killing of thousands more Palestinian and Israeli civilians. There is a different path. In this devastating time, the United States must lead the way forward.”