(WASHINGTON, DC, 8/4/06) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on President Bush to condemn the latest Israeli massacre of civilians in Lebanon and to demand an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said an Israeli air strike in the Bekaa Valley killed as least 33 farm workers, mostly Syrian Kurds, who were loading plums and peaches on to trucks.
SEE: Israeli Air Raid Kills 33 Civilians (Reuters)
Israel also destroyed four bridges on the coastal highway north of Beirut, blocking aid convoys taking supplies to the estimated 1 million civilians forced from their homes by the Israeli bombing campaign. Lebanese officials say at least 900 people have already been killed by Israeli attacks. American citizens are among those who have been injured.
“How many more innocent lives must be lost before America acts to reign in Israel’s brutal campaign of state terror in Lebanon,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Our nation’s uncritical and unjustified support for Israeli attacks on civilians in Lebanon and Gaza is beyond all moral bounds and is out of sync with American public opinion.” He also condemned attacks on Israeli civilians.
Awad cited a poll CAIR released today indicating that the majority of Americans support an immediate cease-fire in the Mideast conflict. He also noted that Human Rights Watch issued a report yesterday revealing “a systematic failure by the (Israeli military) to distinguish between combatants and civilians.” SEE: http://hrw.org/reports/2006/lebanon0806/
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com