U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday added his voice to a growing chorus of political figures in the United States and around the world who have expressed alarm about Israeli forces\u0026#039; violence against Palestinian protesters in occupied East Jerusalem and deadly airstrikes on Gaza, along with retaliatory rocket fire from Palestinians.\u0022Palestinian children should not have to grow up under the constant violence and oppression of occupation, as so many do, and have done.\u0022—Sen. Bernie Sanders\u0022I am extremely concerned by the growing conflict in Israel and Palestine,\u0022 Sanders (I-Vt.) said in a statement. \u0022Once again we are seeing how the irresponsible actions of government-allied right-wing extremists in Jerusalem can escalate quickly into devastating war.\u0022In a message to the Biden administration, he added: \u0022The United States must call for an immediate cease-fire and an end to provocative and illegal settlement activity. And we must also recommit to working with Israelis and Palestinians to finally end this conflict.\u0022\u0022Israeli children should not have to spend the night scared in bomb shelters, as many are doing tonight,\u0022 he said. \u0022Palestinian children should not have to grow up under the constant violence and oppression of occupation, as so many do, and have done.\u0022U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has repeatedly spoken out about recent Israeli actions and the Biden administration\u0026#039;s response to conditions in the region, also shared a message about Palestinian children:Palestinian children deserve advocates for their humanity, safety and security. No exceptions.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 11, 2021The escalating violence on Tuesday—including an airstrike that destroyed a 13-story apartment building in Gaza—followed crackdowns on protests against attempts by Israeli forces and settler colonists to force Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.Political leaders and human rights experts the world over condemned the violence and noted that the takeovers of Palestinian homes are violations of international law.U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) urged the Biden administration to pressure Israel to \u0022move away from annexation\u0022 and said that Congress should condition military aid to the country on whether the Israeli government is abiding by international law.To protect lives, the Biden Administration must demand that Israel end these acts and move away from annexation and towards a two-state solution.U.S. funding shouldn\u0026#039;t be used to further human rights abuses.— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) May 11, 2021Should the Israeli government continue these actions and illegally annex territory, Congress must quickly and forcefully respond—with all options on the table. This includes the conditioning of military funding to Israel until the Israeli government abides by international laws.— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) May 11, 2021\u0022We cannot ignore the ongoing violence in Jerusalem and beyond as the Israeli government uses excessive force on worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque,\u0022 U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said Tuesday. \u0022We need to have serious conversations about U.S. taxpayer dollars funding actions like these.\u0022Some advocates for peace went further. In an email Tuesday, the U.S.-based anti-war group CodePink said:What is happening in Palestine is heartbreaking and people around the world are taking to the streets demanding a just and lasting end to the root cause of the violence: Israeli apartheid. This week marks 73 years since hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were violently displaced from their homes to make way for the Zionist project. We have the obligation to be loudly and proudly in solidarity with Palestine and Palestinians, so that not one more family will lose their homes or loved ones to Israeli attacks.In a tweet, CodePink slammed U.S. military aid to Israel and promoted a petition calling on President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to \u0022stop funding Israeli apartheid and violence.\u0022The US government has Palestinian blood on its hands! By continuing to send Israel $3.8 billion in \u0022aid\u0022 every year, the US has made itself complicit in the horrific violence against the Palestinian people. Sign the petition to @POTUS \u0026amp; @SecBlinken!https://t.co/eUNrMYJG45— CODEPINK (@codepink) May 11, 2021According to Jewish Voice for Peace, activists and members of Congress on Tuesday delivered another petition to the U.S. State Department calling for the Israeli government and settlers to stop ethnically cleansing Palestinians from Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah.Critics of Israeli settler colonialism also protested in New York City and outside the State Department in Washington, D.C.:Zionists often tokenize Mizrahim and pit us against “Arabs” (i.e. Palestinians) despite our long, integrated histories in southwest Asia and North Africa. In our homelands, we lived among and shared community, language, and culture with Muslims and Christians for 1000s of years. pic.twitter.com/ffF3DSkntG— JVP #SaveSheikhJarrah (@jvplive) May 11, 2021Folks reminding careerists at the @StateDept that Palestinian freedom is a no brainer. #SaveSheikhJarrah #Jerusalem #GazaUnderAttack #OngoingNakba #WeWillBeFree pic.twitter.com/V0uAKaIzO4— Noura Erakat (@4noura) May 11, 2021As of Tuesday evening, according to the New York Times, at least 30 Palestinians, including 10 children, had been killed and another 203 others were injured in recent days, while three people had been killed in Israel and at least 100 were wounded.During a press briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the president\u0026#039;s support for \u0022Israel\u0026#039;s security, for its legitimate right to defend itself and its people, is fundamental and will never waver.\u0022\u0022Jerusalem, a city of such importance to people of faith around the world, must be a place of co-existence,\u0022 said Psaki. She added that evictions of Palestinian families \u0022work against our common interests in achieving a solution to the conflict.\u0022This post has been updated with comment from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.