Area residents of Arab descent say they are tired of the fighting and want the same thing as the Israelis: A lasting peace.

“We should cease fire immediately and give diplomacy a chance, said Sofian Zakkout, director of the American Muslim Association of North America.

On Tuesday several local high-ranking Muslims — including Altaf Ali of the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, in Pembroke Pines — issued a statement condemning terrorism and the cycle of violence in the Middle East. They feel the bombing of Lebanon for a week now has gone beyond Israel defending itself.


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