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Urge President Bush to condemn Israeli War Crimes

Urge President Bush to condemn Israeli War Crimes

CAIR is calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to urge President Bush and other elected officials to end the United States' "servile stance toward Israel's war crimes" in the Gaza Strip after at least 10 unarmed Palestinian protesters, all children and teenagers, were massacred on Wednesday according to various media reports.

CAIR said the president's uncritical support for Israeli brutality in Gaza sends the message that his repeated demands for democracy and the protection of human rights in the Middle East are disingenuous.

In a statement issued today, CAIR said:

"In his speech this week before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), President Bush devoted just one sentence to Israel's ongoing destruction of Palestinian lives and property in Gaza. He called Israeli home demolitions and the killing of civilians 'troubling.' Amnesty International used another more appropriate term: 'war crimes.'

"But such lukewarm American reaction to Israeli brutality is no longer news to people in Europe, the Middle East or the Muslim world. For decades, they have seen America subordinate its own international interests to the political whims of a foreign government engaged in a devastating military occupation of another people.

"Our servile stance toward Israel's war crimes contradicts repeated claims that America is the defender of human rights, democracy and freedom in the Muslim world. How can we claim to promote freedom in the Middle East when we deny it to the Palestinian people? How can we claim to demand respect for human rights around the world when we turn a blind eye to Israeli rights violations? How can we claim to fight all forms of terrorism when we give tacit approval to Israeli state terror?

"America's image in the Muslim world will never improve until we put forward foreign policies that apply one standard of justice for all nations, not just for those that have a powerful domestic lobby."

Action Requested: (As always, be POLITE.)
  1. Contact the White House at 202-456-1414 or 202-456-1111 to demand that the president condemn Israeli's war crimes in Gaza

  2. Contact the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House International Relations Committee.

    Senate: Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) (202) 224-4651
    Ranking Joseph Biden (D-DE) (202) 224-3953
    House: Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL) (202) 225-5021
    Ranking Tom Lantos (D-CA) (202) 225-6735

  3. Go to http://capwiz.com/cair/dbq/officials/ to e-mail the president and your elected representatives.

  4. Write editorials and letters to your local newspaper using the talking points provided in this alert.

  5. Encourage other civic and interfaith organizations to condemn the war crimes committed by Israel's government via press statements or joint press conferences.

CAIR Launches Anti-Torture Campaign

CAIR Launches Anti-Torture Campaign

CAIR is calling on American Muslims and
other people of conscience to help prevent the use of torture or inhumane
treatment of prisoners or detainees. A CAIR postcard urging the House of
Representatives to conduct hearings into allegations of detainee abuse by
American military personnel is now online on CAIR's web site. (The site
also contains links to news articles related to the issue of torture.)

The front of the CAIR postcard has a photograph of an Iraqi prisoner being
abused in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. Text on the back of the card, under
the headline "Please Work to End Torture," reads:

"I write to you today to ask that the House of Representatives conduct
hearings into allegations of recent widespread torture by American armed
forces. We must re-establish our moral and legal obligations to respect
basic human rights in the midst of the war on terror.

"We must also make it clear to the rest of the world that America will not
abandon its traditional commitment to human rights at a time when reports
of torture have called our good faith into question.

"Please prove to the world that Americans of all backgrounds condemn the
horrifying practice of torture. There should be no country on Earth that
tortures prisoners."

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED:

1. Go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=postcardjun2004
2. Click the "Send the Postcard" button.
3. Fill out your contact information.
4. Click the "Send Message" button.
5. Educate yourself and your community about the issue of torture using the
resources below.

ANTI-TORTURE RESOURCES:

Amnesty International's "Stop Torture" Web Site
http://www.amnestyusa.org/stoptorture/index.do

World Organization Against Torture
http://www.omct.org

U.N. Convention Against Torture
http://www.hrweb.org/legal/cat.html

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
http://www.irct.org/usr/irct/home.nsf/

Ask Red Lobster to Resolve Muslim Bias Claim

Ask Red Lobster to Resolve Muslim Bias Claim

CAIR today called on American Muslims and other
people of conscience to ask Red Lobster, the nation's largest seafood
restaurant chain, to resolve a case of alleged religious discrimination
against a Muslim employee in South Carolina.

The employee, a U.S. citizen and graduate in hospitality management who
worked for Red Lobster for almost a decade, told CAIR that co-workers began
harassing him following the 9/11 terror attacks.

In the period leading up to the invasion of Iraq, two Red Lobster staffers
allegedly made fun of the man's name and accent, suggested that he came to
America to study aviation in order to blow up buildings and ridiculed his
faith and ethnicity. (The Muslim employee was born in Morocco.) Red Lobster
management reportedly told the Muslim worker to just ignore the
discriminatory comments.

Following repeated harassing behavior, the Muslim employee told CAIR he got
into a shouting match with a co-worker. Both workers were reprimanded, but
only the Muslim employee was terminated, despite Red Lobster's prior
knowledge of the hostile work environment. The case is currently in
court-mandated mediation.

"What this worker experienced is unacceptable and should be addressed by
upper management in Red Lobster and in its parent company, Darden
Restaurants," said CAIR Civil Rights Attorney Engy Abdelkader. "No one
should face harassment in the workplace because of their faith or ethnicity."

Abdelkader requested that Red Lobster resolve the case to the satisfaction
of the Muslim employee, clarify its policy on religious discrimination in
the workplace and institute sensitivity training for company staff.

Red Lobster has more than 670 restaurants and 63,000 employees in the
United States and Canada. The chain is operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc.
SEE: http://www.redlobster.com/ and http://www.darden.com/

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
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ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be FIRM but POLITE.)

Contact Red Lobster to ask that they repudiate the bigoted views expressed
by their employees and resolve this incident to the satisfaction of the
Muslim employee.

CONTACT:

Mr. Kim Lopdrup
President
Red Lobster USA
5900 Lake Ellenor Drive
Orlando, FL 32809

TEL: 407-245-4000
FAX: 407-245-5290


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