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ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Senators to Condemn Both Israel’s Attacks on Masjid Al-Aqsa and Effort to Expel Palestinian Families from Sheikh Jarrah

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/10/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling all Americans to contact their U.S. Senators and the Biden Administration to demand that they publicly condemn and oppose the Israeli government’s campaign to expel Palestinian families from Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, as well as violent attacks on Palestinian worshippers and protesters at the Al-Aqsa Masjid.

CLICK HERE: Urge Your Senators, Biden Administration to Condemn Israel’s Campaign to Evict Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah

CAIR is specifically calling on members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to support Representative Rashida Tlaib’s (MI-D) petition urging the U.S. government to: “uphold international law and demand an end to Israel’s illegal evictions of Palestinians, demolitions of Palestinian homes, and theft of Palestinian land.”  

SEE: Sign now to call on the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense: Demand an end to Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem  

The Biden-Administration and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should follow the recommendations of Representatives Marie Newman (D-IL) and Mark Pocan’s (WI-D) letter to Secretary Blinken urging him to:  

“Immediately send the strongest possible diplomatic message to Israel to desist from its plans to demolish Palestinian homes in Al-Bustan and evict Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah” and should Israel persist to send State Department “observers to document Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians, including details on the military units involved in these operations and the usage of any U.S. weapons for purposes of oversight and accountability regarding Leahy Law and AECA violations.”  

SEE: Letter to State Dept on WB evictions and demos 05.06.2021  

CAIR is urging members of the Senate to follow the lead of their colleagues in and issue statements on Twitter like:  

Senator Chris Van Hollen @ChrisVanHollen  

As this makes clear, evictions of families in East Jerusalem would violate international law. If the Biden Administration puts the rule of law and human rights at the heart of its foreign policy, this is not a moment for tepid statements.   

Rashida Tlaib @RashidaTlaib  

Hundreds of Palestinians are on the verge of being kicked out of their homes by the Israeli government right now. Join me in demanding that Palestinians be able to remain on their own land. Sign petition to #StopJerusalemExpulsions & #SaveSheikhJarrah  

Congresswoman Cori Bush @RepCori  

I know what it’s like to be brutalized for simply advocating for my own humanity. I stand in strong solidarity with our Palestinian siblings mobilizing to #SaveSheikhJarrah.   


I’m calling on you to condemn these attacks immediately.  

Congressman Chuy García @RepChuyGarcia  

The violent attempts to displace families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood are appalling. The State Department must condemn ongoing Israeli police violence against Palestinians.  

Rep. Mark Pocan @repmarkpocan  

The Israeli police violence against Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah is completely unacceptable. The Israeli military is forcing hundreds of Palestinians out of their homes. US taxpayer dollars should not fund annexation of Palestinian land or destruction of Palestinian homes.  

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC  

We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence. It is inhumane and the US must show leadership in safeguarding the human rights of Palestinians.  

Ilhan Omar @IlhanMN  

This is happening as Muslims pray tarawih & tahajud in Palestine. Families who pray all night during Ramadan, the mosque is like home. Palestinians deserve to find refuge in a mosque and peace in Ramadan. Where is the media coverage?   

André Carson @RepAndreCarson  

I am extremely dismayed by Israel’s efforts to forcefully evict Palestinians from their homes in #SheikhJarrah. The U.S. must show more leadership on the issue of Palestinian rights in the Holy Land, the West Bank and Gaza.  

I am calling on the Administration and the international community to act on this tragic and unfair displacement.  

Rep. Betty McCollum @BettyMcCollum04  

Firing rockets from Gaza into Israel is an attack that I condemn unequivocally. This violence must stop. Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters in #SheikhJarrah – East Jerusalem also must end. Peace & security will only be achieved by ending Israel’s military occupation.  

Rep. Debbie **Wear A Mask** Dingell @RepDebDingell  

The violence and forced displacement of Palestinians in #SheikhJarrah is deeply disturbing and morally wrong. We must ensure any US involvement in the region continues efforts toward lasting peace – including the protection of human rights.  

Over the weekend, CAIR called on media outlets and journalists in the United States and worldwide to stop referring to Israeli attacks on Palestinians protesting ethnic cleansing and racial and religious apartheid “clashes.”  

SEE: CAIR to Media Outlets: Stop Calling Israeli Attacks on Palestinians Protesting Ethnic Cleansing and Apartheid ‘Clashes’ – #SaveSheikhJarrah  

Last month, CAIR called on Congress to support “Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,” H.R. 2590, following the release of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report accusing the Israeli government of committing crimes of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians.     

SEE: CAIR Calls on U.S. Government to ‘Defund Israeli Apartheid’ After Human Rights Watch Report Outlines ‘Systematic Oppression of Palestinians’  

SEE: Human Rights Watch: Abusive Israeli Policies Constitute Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.     

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.    

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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