(NEW YORK, N.Y., 7/29/14) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on Jewish leaders in that state to repudiate what amounted to a call for mass killing of civilians in Gaza.
At a recent rally in support of Israel's bombing campaign in Gaza that has so far resulted in more than 1000 dead â€“ the vast majority of whom are civilians – Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner said that that the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who voted for Hamas in Gaza's democratic elections in 2006 are “combatants” who deserve to be targeted by Israel. He is the Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis and is the secretary of the NJ Board of Rabbis.
Rabbi Kirshner He said in part:
“When you are part of an election process that asks for a terrorist organization, which proclaims in word and in deed that their primary objective is to destroy their neighboring country and not to build schools or commerce or jobs, you are complicit and you are not a civilian casualty.”
“It is unconscionable for any American religious leader to designate hundreds of thousands of civilians as 'combatants' who deserve to be killed using weapons paid for by American taxpayers,” said CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique. “In New York, we don't tolerate hateful violent rhetoric and call on responsible leaders in the New Jersey and New York Jewish communities to repudiate this apparent call for violence.”?
CAIR-NY recently joined other organizations in urging police to probe a bias motive for recent incidents, which may be linked to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, targeting local mosques.
CAIR-NY is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy 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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