(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/22/2014) — The Maryland Outreach Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that it has collected more than 1,000 letters signed by members of that state's Muslim community at Ramadan-related events over the weekend calling for an immediate end to Israel's targeting of civilians in Gaza. [NOTE: During the month-long fast of Ramadan, Muslims hold special prayers and other activities at mosques nationwide.]
Other CAIR chapters around the nation are launching similar campaigns.
“American taxpayers are funding Israel's use ofÂ excessive, inhumaneÂ forceÂ againstÂ Palestinian civilians in Gaza,” said CAIRÂ Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. “We urge Senators Mikulski and Cardin to intervene and call for anÂ immediate halt to the targeting of innocent civilians – especially children -Â by the Israeli military.”
CAIR said the letters will be hand-delivered to the offices of both senators early this week.
More than 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
CAIR recently announced the launch of “CAIR Connects: Gaza.” This alert allows individuals an opportunity to communicate their concerns regarding the current crisis in Gaza to their elected officials.
CAIR is 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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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, email@example.com, 410-971-6062; CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-999-8292; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com