(CLEVELAND, OH 7/24/06) ­ On Friday, July 21, a group of almost 200 local residents, including social justice advocates, church and mosque leaders, and Arab-Americans of greater Cleveland, gathered to rally for peace and to protest the recent purchase by the Cuyahoga County treasurer of $5 million in Israel Bonds.

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At the rally, demonstrators highlighted the growing humanitarian crisis in Lebanon and expressed concern over military aid to Israel, the third largest recipient of US aid worldwide. Highlighting the growing humanitarian crisis in Lebanon, rally leaders called for an immediate cease-fire and condemned the escalating violence and loss of civilian life an all sides.

CONTACT: Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247, E-Mail: cleveland@cair-ohio.com; Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, 614-451-3232; E-Mail: asma@cair-ohio.com


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