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U.S. Muslims to Ask that Bush Protect Relatives in Lebanon, Gaza

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


President will be urged to call for cease-fire, send humanitarian relief

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/18/06) – Beginning July 19, local chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold news conferences nationwide with members of the Muslim and Arab-American communities who have relatives under attack in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

At the news conferences, community members will ask President Bush to call for an immediate cease-fire by all parties in the Middle East conflict and urge that humanitarian relief be sent to areas devastated by Israel’s bombing campaigns.

Events have already been scheduled in San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Orlando, Detroit, Phoenix, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio

WHAT: CAIR News Conferences with Those Who Have Relatives in Lebanon, Gaza
WHEN: Beginning Wednesday, July 19 (Some CAIR chapters will hold news conferences on Thursday or Friday.)
CONTACT: Contact the nearest CAIR office for details about the news conferences.

There are an estimated 25,000 American citizens in Lebanon, and many American citizens, both Christian and Muslim, have relatives in Lebanon and Gaza. Despite the fact that many civilians have already been killed in Israeli attacks on the civilian infrastructures of both areas, President Bush has rejected calls for a cease-fire.

Plans to evacuate American citizens from Lebanon have been criticized as too slow. The U.S. government will also bill each evacuee for the cost of their transport out of Lebanon.

“We are concerned that our government’s refusal to even request a cease-fire to end humanitarian suffering in Lebanon and Gaza creates the perception that Muslim and Arab lives are somehow less valuable than Israeli lives,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Targeting civilians to achieve a political goal is terrorism, whether the target is a pizza parlor in Tel Aviv or an apartment building in Beirut.”

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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ADDITIONAL CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:

Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833


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