(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/5/2009) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today outlined 10 positive, pro-active steps American Muslims and other people of conscience can take this week to help end Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, restore the cease-fire and the flow of humanitarian aid and promote a more balanced U.S. policy in the Middle East.
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CAIR’s “10 Steps to Help Gaza” include:
1. Taking part in the upcoming ‘Let Gaza Live’ National March on Washington, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, in Lafayette Park outside the White House. Click here for more information.
2. Visiting elected representatives during the upcoming “Day on the Hill” in Washington, D.C., sponsored by a coalition of major Islamic organizations.
3. Visit the local offices of elected representatives to talk with them about the need for a more balanced Mideast policy.
RESOURCES: CAIR “Legislative Fact Sheet” on the Gaza Crisis
SEE ALSO: Arranging to Meet Elected Officials and Meeting with a Member of Congress
4. Writing or calling President Bush and members of Congress. CAIR offered “talking points” that include:
- Israeli attacks block efforts to bring peace with justice to the Middle East, harm our nation’s image and interests worldwide and strengthen voices of extremism in the region.
- The Palestinian people must be given some hope of freedom from Israeli occupation and domination.
- Israel’s immoral and illegal collective punishment of the Palestinian people living in the Gaza Strip must end.
- America must support a just and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that takes into account the rights and responsibilities of all parties.
- American taxpayer dollars should not be used to for weapons that kill Palestinian civilians.
5. Contacting President-Elect Obama to ask that he speak out now in favor of a more balanced and pro-American policy in the Middle East that takes the rights of all parties to the conflict into consideration.
6. Signing CAIR’s online petition urging American leaders to speak “in favor of peace and justice for all parties in the current humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Gaza Strip.” When completed, the petition will be sent to elected officials nationwide and will be given to members of the current and incoming administrations.
7. Using Islamic Friday prayer services to educate members of the Muslim community about the plight of the civilian population in Gaza and the need for a balanced Mideast policy, a cease-fire and the resumption of humanitarian relief.
8. Monitoring local media coverage of the Gaza crisis. Using social media tools such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, or Flickr to share opinions with like-minded individuals and groups.
9. Organizing meetings between Muslim and interfaith community leaders and members of local newspaper editorial board.
10. Contacting the State Department to call for action in defense of Gaza’s civilian population.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: email@example.com