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CAIR Calls on Biden Administration to Withhold Aid to Israel Following Announced Construction of New Racially-Segregated Housing on Occupied Palestinian Land

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/9/22) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Biden administration to withhold aid to Israel following the announced construction of some 4,000 new racially-segregated housing units on occupied Palestinian land.  

A State Department spokesperson criticized Israeli plans to expand the illegal segregated settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying: “The Biden administration has been clear from the outset. We strongly oppose the expansion of settlements which exacerbates tensions and undermines trust between the parties.”  

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

“Although we welcome the Biden administration’s continued opposition to Israeli settlements, the administration must do more than issue vague statements. Secretary Blinken must clearly condemn these acts of ethnic cleansing and take concrete action to stop them. We call on the Biden administration to withhold aid to Israel as it has done with other human rights abusers in the region like the Egyptian junta. Naftali Bennett’s government cannot keep using the specter of Benjamin Netanyahu’s return to scare the Biden administration into inaction. America must stand up for human rights, regardless of who leads the Israeli government.” 

BACKGROUNDER ON ISRAELI APARTHEID:  

landmark report by Amnesty International detailed the Israeli government’s decades-long human rights abuses against the Palestinian people in both the Occupied Territories and Israel itself as a system of “apartheid.”   

CAIR welcomed the international human rights organization’s comprehensive report, which notes that “almost all of Israel’s civilian administration and military authorities” are involved “in the enforcement of the system of apartheid against Palestinians across Israel,” in the Occupied Territories and “against Palestinian refugees and their descendants outside the territory.”    

Last year, CAIR called on Congress to support “Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,” H.R. 2590, following the release of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report accusing the Israeli government of committing crimes of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians.       

SEE: CAIR Calls on U.S. Government to ‘Defund Israeli Apartheid’ After Human Rights Watch Report Outlines ‘Systematic Oppression of Palestinians’    

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, iallison@cair.com 

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