CAIR-CT to Join Call for State Government to Sever Ties with Israel

CAIR-logo(HARTFORD, CT, 7/30/14) - The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) announced today that it is joining a growing coalition in calling on state officials to sever financial ties with Israel and stop investing in Israel companies and bonds because of it killing of civilians in Gaza.

According to the state treasury department the state of Connecticut has millions of dollars of investments in Israel, including $4 million bonds (as of 2011.)

WHAT: Rally/March to Demand the State of CT Cut Off Financial Ties to Israel
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Avenue, Hartford 06103
WHEN: Thursday, July 31, 5 p.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi, (860) 514-8038, mdhaouadi@cair.com

Stanley Heller, Executive Director of the Middle East Crisis Committee said, "The carnage in Gaza continues. Yet, another school was shelled by Israel today with another 15 dead. The treasury of the state of Connecticut is tied in with the Israeli government, with millions in investments in Israel. The investments make money in part because Israel operates on land taken from Palestinians and because it can easily exploit Palestinian and foreign labor. The state of Connecticut should not profit from racist oppression and should sell off these investments."

Mongi Dhaouadi, executive director of CAIR-CT said, "As the body counts keep climbing and the destruction of Gaza continues, we call on our state leaders to stand on the side of humanity and suspend its financial ties to a state that illegally confiscates land from Palestinians, discriminates against its citizens on the basis of ethnicity and wages a war against innocent and unarmed civilians."

Supporting groups: The Middle East Crisis Committee, ANSWER, Students for Justice in Palestine (UCONN), Council on American Islamic Relations - CT, Tree of Life Education Fund, Socialist Action -CT, We Refuse to Be Enemies

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


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