U.S. Muslims condemn Israeli attacks on refugees
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today condemned an Israeli raid on a Gaza Strip refugee camp that resulted in the deaths of at least eight people and the wounding of many more, including nine Palestinian children.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement:
“Israeli attacks on heavily-populated areas using armored vehicles inevitably results in the deaths of Palestinian civilians. Instead of promoting peace and security, these bloody incursions serve only to perpetuate the cycle of violence and to fuel mutual mistrust.
“This continued aggression should be met with a serious response by our own government. Otherwise, silence in the face of such illegal actions by the right-wing Israeli government provides tacit support for future killings and further damages our image and interests in the Muslim world. Our government’s condemnation on the killing of civilians — whether Palestinian or Israeli — should be the same.
CAIR calls on American Jewish leaders to condemn Israeli attacks on civilians and join the growing opposition by high-ranking Israeli military officers and soldiers who refuse to be involved in an immoral occupation.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.