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12,000 Letters to Congress Appeal for End to Gaza Blockade

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/11/08) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today it has collected and is delivering to Congress more than 12,000 letters calling for an end to Israel’s “collective punishment” of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.
CAIR recently called on prayer leaders (imams) in mosques nationwide to devote part of their Friday sermons (khutbas) to the plight of Palestinians denied basic services by Israel’s blockade of Gaza.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy group’s 35 chapters nationwide pledged to help send 10,000 letters to Congress on that issue. Within 10 days, more than 12,000 letters have been sent to members of the House and Senate.
SEE: Action Alert #531: Send 10,000 Letters for Gaza
“Given the tremendous community support for this important initiative, we are setting a new goal of 20,000 letters to Congress on the issues of Israel’s blockade and perceived American support for collective punishment of civilians,” said CAIR Director of Community Development Yaser Tabbara.
Tabbara added that anyone interested in taking part in the letter-writing campaign may contact the nearest CAIR chapter.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Strategic Communications Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166, E-Mail:;CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:


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