Barack Obama
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44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
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Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
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  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)

Urging interference to end the blood shed in Gaza

Dear President Obama.

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July 2014

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Nina Cullers wrote on The Bethlehem Association's timeline.
As the representative of the Bethlehem Association at the Coalition of Palestinian towns and villages, I sent the following letter to President Obama and Secretary Kerry,
I am writing as a representative of the Bethlehem Association, and as an American who follows carefully our foreign policy in the Middle East to ask you to support an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

In an unjustifiable and excessive response to the killing of the 3 Israeli youths, and the revenge murder of a Palestinian teenager and the brutal beating of his cousin, Israel has launched an assault on Gaza of magnificent proportion. The Israel Air Force has fired hundreds of missiles into Gaza killing close to 200 people, and injuring hundreds, most of whom are children, women and the elderly.

Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israeli towns have and should continue to be condemned by our government. At the same time, Israel should not be given a free pass for its role in creating and escalating this crisis. Israel’s bombing of civilian areas in Gaza is collective punishment. The unjust attacks and excessive use of force against Palestinians should be strongly condemned, not justified as a “right” for Israel to defend itself.

The latest crisis demonstrates the status quo between Israelis and Palestinians is untenable. Going forward, the underlying causes driving the conflict must be resolved: the Gaza blockade and limitations on freedom of travel of Gazans should be lifted and ending Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories must become a priority for the U.S. government.
Beyond the tragic toll it has taken on countless innocent people. We should treat this conflict as the national security priority that it is.

I urge you to give this matter the urgent priority that it deserves, so that we could demonstrate to the world that we are a just and humane country, and so that the blood of innocent people would stop.
Nina Bazouzi Cullers
Member of the Palestinian Coalition,
Representing the Palestinian town of Bethlehem.

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