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CAIR Asks Bush To Protect Americans Under Attack By Israel

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


U.S. citizens trapped in S. Lebanon describe horrific scenes

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/26/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on President Bush to protect the lives of American citizens trapped in areas of Lebanon under Israeli attack.

U.S. citizens unable to flee South Lebanon describe horrific scenes of death and destruction caused by indiscriminate Israeli bombing of civilian areas.

One American told Associated Press (AP): “It was worse than a nightmare. I saw dogs and cats on bodies that couldn’t be taken from bombed-out houses. We ran from one building to another trying to escape the bombing.”

A high school student from California said: “I don’t know where to even begin. I saw parts of bodies. I saw small children and old people and women stuck in the rubble. . . And on the road coming to Tyre yesterday we saw cars that had been rocketed with dead people still inside. There were so many cars I couldn’t count. I couldn’t even look at some of them.” AP quoted another American saying, “It was a massacre. It was a massacre.”

SEE: Many Americans Stuck in Southern Lebanon (AP),,-5975745,00.html

“American citizens are under attack by weapons made in America and paid for with U.S. tax dollars, yet our president and other elected officials will not even ask for a temporary cease-fire to save their lives,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “No novelist would dare write a scene so bizarre and unbelievable.” He said the president should also show concern for the more than 600,000 Lebanese citizens driven from their homes by Israeli threats and attacks.

Awad repeated CAIR’s demand for an immediate cease-fire by all parties to end attacks that have already killed hundreds of civilians. CAIR is also urging Americans of all faiths to send humanitarian relief to Lebanon and Gaza.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:


Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833


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