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CAIR Action Alert: Urge Congress to Reject Israel’s Request for $1 Billion in Emergency Military Aid

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/1/2021) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to urge members of Congress to reject Israel’s new request for a $1 billion in additional, unconditional, “emergency” military aid from U.S. taxpayers following its war crimes in Gaza that murdered 256 Palestinians, including 67 children, and injuring 1,200 more, in violation the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and Arms Export Control Act. 

CAIR Action Alert: Urge Congress to Reject Israel’s Request for $1 Billion in Emergency Military Aid

https://action.cair.com/a/cair-action-alert-urge-congress-reject-israels-request-1-billion-emergency-military-aid

In addition to Israel’s military campaign killing hundreds of civilians in Gaza, it purposefully destroyed civilian infrastructure like utilities, electric lines, water supplies, roads, and other basic needs on a mass scale. 

It was reported earlier today that: “Israel will ask the U.S. for $1 billion in additional emergency military aid this week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday and Israeli officials confirmed” and that “Biden has already said the U.S. would.” 

SEE: Israel to ask U.S. for $1 billion in emergency military aid

https://www.axios.com/israel-1-billion-military-aid-gaza-iron-dome-486f640a-4b95-470b-a59b-b28673fd404e.html

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:    

“Every American must tell their member of Congress that enough is enough – we will no longer unconditionally subsidize Israeli’s military, which is guilty of war crimes in Gaza and throughout occupied Palestine and apartheid Israel.  

“The blood of Palestinian civilians is on our nation’s hands as Congress and the Biden administration just weeks ago approved $735 million to re-arm Israel’s military with the same types of bombs that killed children in Gaza.  

“Now Israel is calling on American taxpayers to further subsidize its military following its committing gross violations of human rights with U.S. weapons, in violation of the Foreign Assistance Act and Arms Export Control Act.

“Palestinians have a fundamental human right to not fear being murdered by an oppressive military occupier and discriminatory apartheid regime like Israel, whose armed forces and war crimes are being subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.” 

On Saturday, CAIR joined the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), more than 100 organizations and 35,000 activists for the National March for Palestine in Washington, D.C., which started at the Lincoln Memorial and marched to Congress. 

Video: CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad Speaks to #March4Palestine in D.C.

The Huffington Post reported last week that 500 former Biden presidential and Democratic campaign staffers co-authored an open letter calling on President Biden to support “Palestinians’ right to safety, security and self-determination, as well as to hold the Israeli government accountable for what international and Israeli human rights entities have concluded are crimes that amount to apartheid.”

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, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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