Munira Syeda of CAIR said estimated that about 25,000 Americans were in Lebanon but, had the shelling begun in mid-August, there might be as many as 100,000 U.S. citizens visiting family and friends there. Hussam Ayloush of CAIR said that of the 25,000 American citizens in Lebanon, 90 percent are Muslim.
"Lebanon is the Arab world's most progressive, most democratic, most cosmopolitan and closest friend to America," Ayloush said.
Syeda said CAIR is calling on the American government to push for a cease- fire so that Americans stranded there can get out. The same situation exists in Palestine, she said.