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CAIR Calls on President Biden to ‘Unequivocally Condemn’ Israeli Police Again for Storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, Jeopardizing Cease-Fire

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/21/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President Biden to “unequivocally condemn” the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Masjid Al-Aqsa) compound – shooting rubber bullets and firing tear gas at worshipers and Palestinians holding a rally celebrating the recent cease-fire — jeopardizing its continuation.   

SEE: Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, fire tear gas: Live

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

“President Biden must clearly and unequivocally condemn the latest Israeli storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, shooting rubber-coated bullets and firing tear gas at worshipers and those celebrating the hours old cease-fire.  

“The White House must not hide behind bland statements calling for a de-escalation. If the fighting starts up again, it needs to be clear that Israel’s attacks on Masjid Al-Aqsa are the triggering factor. We must all stop blaming the oppressed and occupied for the oppressor’s violent actions.

“Masjid Al-Aqsa was the first prayer direction of early Muslims and remains the third holiest site in Islam – any Israeli government raid on the mosque is an act of religious suppression and a calculated provocation to end the ceasefire.  

“Because America is responsible for Israel’s war crimes in Gaza – with the U.S. government continuing to fund Israel, rearm its military, and justify its murder of Palestinian civilians – the American people have a moral obligation to prevent any further Israeli military threats to the Palestinian people.”

Israel’s bombing campaign of Gaza killed at least 243 Palestinian civilians, including 66 children, and destroyed 230 buildings, including 991 homes and businesses. An additional 678 housing units were damaged.   

CAIR’s 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,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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