(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 1/7/09) – On January 5, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) hosted a press conference and peace vigil for Gaza at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
More than 250 people gathered to call for peace, urging public officials to help stop Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, restore the cease-fire and promote peace with justice in the Middle East.
SEE: Peace Vigil for Gaza Held at State Capitol
CAIR-OK Executive Director Razi Hashmi said: “We urge our government to end its one-sided failed foreign policy in the Middle East and take a leading neutral role in bringing the Israelis and Palestinians towards a just and lasting peace.”
Reverend Andrew Tevington, a United Methodist Minister and religion columnist in Oklahoma City stated: “We call on all the parties to end the violence and to refrain from illegitimately using the name of God as a way of justifying what they do. We call on the United States as a major player in the region to help both sides see that there is a different way of doing things.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 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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