CAIR Calls on Congress, Trump Administration and International Community to Act Against New Israeli ‘Apartheid’ Law

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/19/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Congress, the Trump administration and the international community to take concrete steps against the adoption of an “apartheid” law by Israel stating that the Jewish people “have an exclusive right to national self-determination,” with no mention of either equality or minority rights.

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The bill defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people — not of all Israeli citizens regardless of race or faith — removes Arabic as an official language and affirms Jewish-only settlements as “a national value.”

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In a statement, CAIR said:

“Israel has long imposed a system of de facto apartheid — with rights and opportunities apportioned according to race, religion and ethnicity – but now Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has written that racism into law.

“Because billions of American taxpayer dollars are given to Israel each year, and because our nation should stand as a beacon for freedom and equal rights, Congress and the Trump administration must join with the international community in taking concrete steps to push back against this attempt to further legalize racial segregation.

“We must repudiate this racist legislation in the same way the world rejected apartheid-era laws requiring that every citizen be classified as a member of one of a number of racial groups and enforcing the segregation of public services.

“Our nation’s elected leaders, along with the international community, must clearly demonstrate that de jure (in law) racism will not be accepted in the modern era.” 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,