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Israel Lobby’ Authors to Speak at DC Press Club Forum

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Mearsheimer, Walt to discuss lobby’s impact on U.S. response to Lebanon war

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/18/06) – On Monday, August 28, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will host a panel discussion on “The Israel Lobby and the U.S. Response to the War in Lebanon” at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The panel will feature Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors of a recent Harvard University paper titled “The Israel Lobby.”

WHAT: The Israel Lobby and the U.S. Response to the War in Lebanon
WHEN: Monday, August 28, 2006, 1-2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
RSVP: Admission is free, but seating is limited. E-mail to reserve a seat. Admittance by confirmed reservation only.

“For America to be regarded as an honest broker in the Middle East, we must disengage our policies in that region from the dictates of the pro-Israel lobby,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed.

He noted that public attitudes about the influence of the Israel lobby are changing. He cited a commentary in today’s New Jersey Star-Ledger in which that newspaper’s national political correspondent stated: “Bush must abandon his policy of unconditional support for Israel in favor of an even-handed one that might gain him credibility in the region as a more or less honest broker. And the best way to move Bush in that direction is by abandoning the unofficial taboo in this country on questioning Israel or our policy toward that country.”

SEE: End the Taboo on Challenging Israel (Star-Ledger)

Ahmed said recent studies also show that a majority of Americans favor neutrality in the Middle East conflict.

SEE: Zogby Poll: U.S. Should Be Neutral in Lebanon War

SEE ALSO: Poll: Americans Support Mideast Cease-Fire

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic 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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:


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