(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/9/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned Israel’s killing of at least six members of a Palestinian family, including three children, while they were picnicking on the beach. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the attack a “bloody massacre” and asked the international community to intervene.
According to the Associated Press: “The attack destroyed a tent and scattered body parts along the beach. . .One tearful man held the limp body of what appeared to be a girl or young woman. Palestinian medical officials originally said nine people were killed but then lowered the toll to six. The confusion apparently stemmed from the extensive damage to the bodies.”
SEE: Palestinians Killed on Gaza Beach
In a statement, CAIR said:
“We condemn this brutal act and call on our elected officials to take concrete actions to protect Palestinian civilians from attacks using weapons that are paid for with American tax dollars. America’s image, interests and credibility are harmed each time our nation’s leaders remain silent, or even offer support, when Israel treats Palestinian civilian areas as ‘free fire zones’ and usurps Palestinian land and rights.
“We call on President Bush to speak out against Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians just as strongly as he has condemned acts of violence committed by Palestinians.”
SEE: US: Israel Has Right To Defend Itself
The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group recently called on President Bush to help end the Israeli and international “siege” imposed on the Palestinian people following recent democratic elections.
SEE: U.S. Muslims Say ‘Siege’ of Palestinians Must End
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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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