In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/5/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, today condemned Israel's attack Sunday on Syria and urged President Bush to join the international community in demanding an end to such strikes.
In its statement, the group said:
"Israel's attack was a clear violation of international law and of Syria's national sovereignty.
"Just as we condemned yesterday's suicide bombing in Haifa, we also condemn Israel's aggression against Syria. This reckless action demonstrates Israel's complete disregard for the norms of international conduct. It can only serve to perpetuate the tragic cycle of violence that has engulfed the Middle East for so many years.
"We urge President Bush to dissuade Israel from carrying out such counterproductive attacks in the future. He should also end his administration's one-sided support for Israel's brutal actions against the Palestinian people. It is this imbalance in foreign policy that continues to harm America's image and interests worldwide.
"Our government must become a real advocate for a comprehensive political solution that takes into account the rights of all parties to the conflict."
CAIR, American's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.