Several thousand letters have already been signed by Muslims calling for end to killing in Gaza
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 7/22/2014) -â€“ The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today announced the launch of a letter-writing to call for an end to the killing in Gaza.
CAIR chapters across the country have launched similar letter-writing campaigns, including chapters in Maryland and Texas.
The letters, directed at California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, are being circulated at Ramadan events across California by staff and volunteers of the Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Several thousand letters have been signed so far. The letters will be hand-delivered to the offices of both senators early this week.Â
Some 600 Palestinians — mostly civilians andÂ children — have been reportedÂ killed and thousands have been injured in Israel's most recent military campaignÂ against Gaza.Â Gaza enduredÂ at least 100Â casualties on Sunday alone.Â Numerous Palestinian Americans in California have reported deaths among their relatives in Gaza, including some 25 this past weekend.
Israeli attacks targeting civilians have included the killing of whole families as they sheltered in their homes, attacks on journalists, the shelling of hospitals, the destruction of mosques, and even allegations that wounded civilians are being targeted by Israeli snipers.
SEE: Israelis Kill 19 Palestinian Children with One Strike (NY Times)
Palestinian's Killing Caught on Camera
Palestinian Boy Clings to Paramedic – Story Behind the Viral Photo (Sydney Morning Herald)
Israeli Airstrikes Hit 5 Mosques in Gaza (USA Today)
One especially disturbing reportÂ emerging from Gaza described four boys — all cousins aged 9 to 12 — who were targeted and killed by Israel while they played on a Gaza City beach as international journalists looked on.Â Â
“American taxpayers are funding Israel's use ofÂ illegal and inhumaneÂ forceÂ againstÂ Palestinians living in Gaza,” said CAIR-CA Chair Safaa Ibrahim. “Our community is coming together to urge their senators to intervene and call for anÂ immediate halt to the unconscionable and inexcusableÂ targeting of innocent civiliansÂ by the Israeli military using American-funded weapons.”
The letters read in part:
“The U.S. government must not remain silent about Israel's unjust and disproportionate use of force against the Palestinians in Gaza. …
“Because Americans taxpayers provide Israel with billions of dollars of aid each year, we have a right to demand that those funds not be used to take the lives of innocent civilians.”
CAIR recently announced the launch of “CAIRÂ Connects: Gaza.” This alert allows individuals an opportunity to communicate their concerns regarding the current crisis in Gaza to their elected officials.
CAIR-CA is the oldest chapter of CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil rights 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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