Muslim leaders in the US send an open letter titled “2023 Ceasefire Ultimatum” to the US President.
Muslim Americans and certain Democratic Party supporters have expressed their intent to mobilize millions of Muslim voters and refrain from contributing donations or votes toward President Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection unless he promptly acts to facilitate a Gaza ceasefire.
The National Muslim Democratic Council, a group comprising Democratic Party figures from pivotal states in the upcoming election, including Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, urged Biden to leverage his influence with “Israel” to mediate a ceasefire by 5 pm ET (2100 GMT) on Tuesday.
In an open letter titled “2023 Ceasefire Ultimatum,” Muslim leaders in the US committed to rallying Muslim voters and refraining from backing, supporting, or voting for any candidate who backs the Israeli offensive on Palestinians.
The council expressed that President Biden’s administration, which has provided unwavering support, including financial aid and weaponry, has been a major factor in sustaining the violence that leads to civilian casualties and undermines the trust of voters who had previously supported him.
“Your administration’s unconditional support, encompassing funding and armaments, has played a significant role in perpetuating the violence that is causing civilian casualties and has eroded trust in voters who previously put their faith in you,” the council wrote.
The organization’s founding co-chairs include former US Representative Keith Ellison, who also serves as Minnesota’s attorney general and was the first Muslim elected to Congress, along with Representative Andre Carson of Indiana.
This letter reflects the increasing anger and dissatisfaction within Arab and Muslim American communities regarding President Biden’s omission to denounce Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.