According to a report at Insider NJ dated October 25, 2023, “Lawrence Hamm, a U.S. Senate Candidate in the 2024 Democratic Primary, and chairman of the People’s Organization For Progress, wants a ceasefire in Gaza.”
Candidate Hamm was quoted to say:
“This war must stop,” said Hamm. “Today, I call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The conflict is leading to a genocidal catastrophe for Palestinians living there, and drawing other countries into wider regional hostilities that could potentially trigger world war. I call upon President Biden and Congress to alter their current military course and utilize diplomacy and negotiation to de-escalate the conflict. If the U.S. continues down the path we are on it will have disastrous consequences.”
According to the report “For his part, Hamm noted the killings of 1,400 Israelis and 6,500 Palestinians including 2700 children, and a tally of 16,000 Palestinians wounded since the beginning of the conflict.”
Candidate Hamm was further quoted:
“The war has produced a humanitarian crisis. The Palestinians in Gaza are in desperate need of food, water, fuel, electricity, medicines, medical supplies and personnel,” he said. “I call upon the Biden administration to make possible an immediate and unrestricted flow of all necessary humanitarian aid into Gaza. The trickling in of aid occurring now is totally inadequate for the level of need that exists. Israel’s blockade of Gaza must end.
“I urge the Biden administration to shift its focus and energies away from military buildup in the conflict to resolving the humanitarian crisis, achieving the safe return of all the hostages, and finding a just solution to the plight of the Palestinians in order to prevent future conflict,” Hamm added. “A just solution for the Palestinians must include an end to occupation, annexation, apartheid, dispossession and violation of Palestinian human rights by Israel. It must also recognize the right of Palestinians to self-determination and a viable Palestinian state.
“The majority of Americans don’t want to see the nation embroiled in yet another war. Especially one that could involve the deployment of U.S. troops. The Biden administration should listen to voices of Americans calling for a ceasefire instead of the right-wing Netanyahu regime. Failure to do so could have negative consequences for Democrats in next year’s elections. A few years ago the Biden administration ended the U.S. war in Afghanistan. That war lasted twenty years and cost the nation trillions of dollars. I urge the administration not to plunge the United States into what may turn out to be a more costly and disastrous debacle.”
As chair of Peoples Organization for Progress, on December 30, 2023, Lawrence Hamm led a march of 100s through the streets of Newark NJ demanding an immediate cease fire.
US Senate candidate Lawrence Hamm can be contacted through his campaign website.