Muslim Leaders arrested at White House sit-in to protest Sharon visit
Leaders of six national American Muslim organizations were arrested in a non-violent “sit-in” outside the White House to protest today’s meeting between President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Those arrested during the act of civil disobedience included the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as well as representatives from American Muslim Council (AMC), American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and Solidarity International for Human Rights.
"Today we sent a message to President Bush that he should not legitimize a world leader who has the blood of so many innocent Christians and Muslims on his hands. This was also a message to the people of our nation that they should not remain silent as Israel brutalizes the Palestinian people using weapons paid for with American tax dollars," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. Ahmad added that Sharon might view Bush’s uncritical support as a "green light" to carry out further attacks on the Palestinians.
Prior to the sit-in, several hundred people of all faiths protested Sharon's visit with signs and chants in Lafayette Park just across from the White House.