CAIR: No U.S. Tax Dollars for Israeli Settlers
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/16/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the Bush administration to deny Israel’s request for billions of American taxpayer dollars to pay for the withdrawal of illegal settlements on Palestinian territory in Gaza.
Administration officials say Monday that assessment teams will be sent to Israel to help determine how much new U.S. aid might be offered to develop the areas in which settlers from Gaza will be relocated. Israel is reported to have requested $2.2 billion in additional aid. That request comes despite the fact that Israel already receives billions of dollars annually from American taxpayers and has a per capita income that far exceeds that of the Palestinians.
SEE: “U.S. Plans Post-Pullout Israel Assessment”
In a statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said:
“American taxpayers should not be forced to pay for the relocation of settlers who, supported and defended by successive Israeli governments, chose to live illegally on land that was not their own. Such funds could be better used to improve conditions for ordinary Palestinians whose lives have been devastated by decades of brutal occupation.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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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