AMSA Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

November 24, 2023

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) expresses deep concern for the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza, acknowledging the profound impact on innocent lives and healthcare professionals on the frontlines. Two weeks ago the World Health Organization (WHO) reported distressing figures from the Gaza Strip, revealing that 3,760 children tragically lost their lives. A similar stark toll reported by the Gaza’s Health Ministry, noted more than 11,000 Palestinians have been killed since October 7. The pressing need for humanitarian and medical efforts is evident. We appreciate the initiation of a four-day ceasefire which resulted in the liberation of 24 hostages by Hamas and the release of 39 Palestinians from Israeli prisons today. AMSA stands in solidarity with those affected, advocating for immediate, permanent ceasefire and swift actions to ensure access to essential resources and medical aid. 

Aligned with the “Principles Regarding War and Military Action” in our Preamble, Purposes, and Principles (PPP) document, AMSA vehemently “opposes an embargo of food, medicine, or medical supplies and equipment to any nation.” Our commitment extends to advocating for “a more humane approach to war and the resolution of international crises.” AMSA was present at American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual meeting and we align with their Governing Council wholeheartedly and support an immediate ceasefire. We call on President Biden and Congress to take prompt action, emphasizing the imperative de-escalation of hostilities and for the restoration of basic needs for civilians. 

At AMSA, we have an unwavering commitment to a world where healthcare transcends borders, ensuring accessibility for all, especially in times of conflict. AMSA implores a resolute response from the U.S. government, stressing the urgency of humanitarian aid and restoration of basic necessities to ease the suffering for civilians amid this crisis. 

We urge all AMSA members to please use this call script to reach out to your Congress members and demand a ceasefire now. 




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