In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEBANESE AMBASSADOR BRIEFS CAIR ON AID EFFORTS
Embassy to host ‘Humanitarian Appeal for Lebanon’ open house
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/26/06) – Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) met today with the Lebanese ambassador in Washington, D.C., to offer the Muslim community’s condolences for the hundreds of civilian deaths caused by Israeli attacks on that nation.
Ambassador Farid Abboud briefed the CAIR delegation on the worsening humanitarian crisis resulting from Israel’s campaign to destroy Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure. He also announced plans to hold a “Humanitarian Appeal for Lebanon” open house in coordination with a number of American Muslim and Arab-American groups, including CAIR.
The event will take place Monday, July 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Residence of the Embassy of Lebanon in Washington, D.C. (2841 McGill Terrace, N.W.) For more information about the open house, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
“It is vitally important that ordinary Americans reach out to the people of Lebanon who are suffering because of Israel’s brutal and indiscriminate attacks,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed.
“A strong response to this aid appeal will show that Americans do not approve of Israeli attacks on civilians, despite the fact that those attacks are being carried out using American taxpayer-supplied weapons and diplomatic support,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
At today’s meeting, Awad and Ahmed reiterated the American Muslim community’s call for an immediate cease-fire and for the delivery of humanitarian supplies to both Lebanon and Gaza.
Earlier this week, CAIR called on Americans of all faiths to collect humanitarian relief supplies for delivery to Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. CAIR is urging that the supplies be collected following regular congregational prayers this week in American mosques, churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates 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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