(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/11/04) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights
and advocacy group today offered its condolences to the Palestinian people
on the death of President Yasser Arafat.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also said
that U.S. support for the Palestinian people’s right to justice and freedom
from occupation is an essential prerequisite for peace in the Middle East
and is a key factor in winning the war on terror.
In its statement, CAIR said:
“CAIR offers it sincere condolences to the Palestinian people on the death
of President Yasser Arafat. We come from God and to God we return.
“President Arafat was the embodiment of the Palestinian struggle for
justice and freedom. His death should prompt all parties to the Middle East
conflict to reinvigorate any efforts that could lead to peace with justice
in the region. In particular, the United States must reexamine its Middle
Eastern policy and refocus on helping to free the Palestinian people from
“As many objective observers have stated, the United States’ seeming
indifference to the plight of the Palestinian people is one of the main
causes for anti-American feeling in the Muslim world. A just resolution to
the Middle East conflict would be a key factor in winning the war on
terror. It is in America’s interest to promote freedom for all people,
including the Palestinians.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,
protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions
that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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