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CAIR Condemns Killings of Civilians in Gaza


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/14/04) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today condemned the daily killings of Palestinian civilians in the
Gaza Strip by Israeli armed forces.

The Palestinian death toll recently hit 100 in Israel’s latest attack on
Gaza. An Israeli officer was suspended Wednesday for riddling the body of a
Palestinian schoolgirl with bullets after she was killed by fellow
soldiers. The girl was shot some 20 times as she walked past an Israeli
military outpost to a Gaza school.

In its statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy
group said:

“As American officials stand mute, Israel is treating Gaza like a fenced
hunting preserve in which human beings are the prey. Muslim condemnations
of terrorism and extremism are undercut every time an American
taxpayer-funded plane drops an American-made bomb on Palestinian civilians.”

CAIR also called on American Jewish leaders and organizations to condemn
Israel’s brutal actions in the Occupied Territories, particularly the
killing of children.

The U.N. relief agency for Palestinians today called on Israel to end its
offensive in the Gaza Strip and to permit the delivery of humanitarian
relief supplies.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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