Muslims urged to contact President on Palestinian rights
CAIR is calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact President Bush and ask that he support the Palestinian people's right to freedom and justice during discussions Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. (Sharon is currently facing legal action in Belgium for his involvement in the 1982
massacres of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps.)
In a statement, CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad said:
"Israel's Apartheid-like policies of collective punishment, political assassination, home demolition, land confiscation, settlement building, detention without trial, religious discrimination, and ethnic segregation
impose unending suffering and humiliation on the Palestinian people.
"In the past, the administration's silence on these issues has been viewed by Israeli leaders as a 'green light' for continued oppression. Given recent events and foreign policy statements, it now appears that our
government is actively encouraging those brutal policies. This perception can only serve to harm our nation's interests throughout the Muslim world.
"Israel is a strategic liability to American political and economic interests. Uncritical support for that nation's brutal policies makes a mockery of our stated commitments to promote freedom and justice in the Muslim world. We must put Israel's state terrorism in the same category as terrorist acts carried out by individuals or groups. All are worthy of condemnation.
"As President Bush said in his State of the Union Address: 'America will lead by defending liberty and justice because they are right and true and unchanging for all people everywhere. No nation owns these aspirations, and no nation is exempt from them.' The war on terrorism must be based on justice, otherwise our efforts will be wasted and our image as an international standard-bearer for freedom will be forever tarnished."