(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/31/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Obama administration to reverse its decision to re-stock Israel's depleted supply of munitions being used to kill more than 1,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
Media reports indicate that the administration is rushing new supplies of bombs and other ammunition to Israel despite statements by the UN's top human rights official and Amnesty International accusing the Israeli military of committing war crimes. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned an Israeli strike on a Gaza school that killed at least 15 people as “outrageous” and “unjustifiable.”
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In a statement, CAIR said:
“It is shameful that our government seeks to re-arm a military machine accused of war crimes and engaged in a brutal and indiscriminate campaign of violence that has killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including women, children and the elderly.
“Giving more weapons to an aggressor in an already violent situation promotes war, not peace.
“Such a cynical action sends the message to the world community that our expressed sympathy for the massive suffering of Gaza's civilian population is hypocritical at best, and at worst, a lie.”
Tomorrow, CAIR is co-sponsoring a congressional briefing from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in 2103 Rayburn House Office Building to discuss whether Israel is complying with U.S. and international laws in its injuring and killing civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Panelists include Tariq Khdeir, the Palestinian-American teenager from Tampa, Fla., who was brutally beaten by Israeli security forces.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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 Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com