New York, NY Jul 17, 2006 A grand coalition of Pakistani-American organizations, including Chicago Council of Pakistani Organizations (CCPO), Pakistan Action Committee (PAC), Pakistani American Council of Texas (PACT), Pakistan Cultural Association of Staten Island, Inc. (PCASI), Pakistan American Democratic Forum (PADF), Pakistan Association of Riverside (PAR), Pakistan Community Association of New Orleans (PCANO), Pakistan League of America (PLA), Pakistan-USA Freedom Forum (PUFF), and Live Together.US Inc. (LTU), has condemned current Israeli aggression in "strongest possible terms."
The Grand Coalition has emphasized that "the Western Powers cannot continue to deal with the symptoms and ignore the root cause: Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian lands. The UN Security Council must bring about an immediate cease-fire or risk the whole Middle East going up in flames."
The Grand Coalition has called on Pakistan and other Muslim countries "not to recognize Israel till a free and sovereign nation of Palestine has been established." They have also repudiated the "political opportunism" of eight Pakistani- Americans as a "cruel hoax".
The joint statement reads:
"We call on the UN Security Council to fulfill its obligations by using all its authority to bring an immediate end to organized Israeli slaughter of men, women and children in Gaza and Lebanon.
"The UN cannot continue to deal with the symptoms and ignore the root cause: Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian lands.
"We call on the Government of Pakistan to reaffirm its stated position that formal diplomatic relations with Israel "will have to wait" till a just peace is obtained and an "independent Palestinian state" has come into existence.
"Recognition of Israel by Pakistan and other Muslim countries should be based on two factors: 1) full implementation of all relevant UN resolutions, particularly 242, 338, and 194, and return of Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian lands currently occupied by Israel, and 2) establishment of a viable, independent and sovereign state of Palestine that is in full control of its own internal and external affairs as well as its own resources including water, air space, and borders.
"Any mediation on behalf of the Palestinians must be done with the foreknowledge and approval of their democratically elected leadership.
"A tiny group of Pakistani-Americans who had recently gone to Israel on a private visit had done so to provide a cover for Israel's heinous crimes. Calling it "peacemaking" is a "cruel hoax" that has fooled nobody. These are the same people who had honored extremist BJP leader Advani last year. They stand utterly rejected by the Pakistani-American community."
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