In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AMERICAN MUSLIMS URGE U.N. TO ENFORCE MIDEAST CEASE-FIRE
Muslim nations urged to end diplomatic relations with Israel
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/2/06) – The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a national coalition of major American Muslim organizations, today urged the United Nation to fulfill its legal and moral responsibility by implementing an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon and Gaza.
The coalition also urged Muslim nations to immediately end all diplomatic ties with Israel until a peaceful and permanent resolution to the present conflict is achieved.
In its statement, the coalition said:
“As American Muslim leaders, we often serve as a bridge between the United States and the Islamic world. We have spoken out in favor of political moderation and against religious extremism. We gladly accept this role.
“To be effective as bridge-builders between the West and the Muslim world, we have a duty to challenge polices that harm our nation and its international relations.
“It is extremely difficult to help improve America’s image in the Muslim world as U.S.-supplied weapons are killing civilians and our elected officials refuse all calls for a cease-fire. It is hard to appeal for moderation among Muslims when international bodies like the United Nations remain silent spectators as Israel carries out its war of aggression and state terrorism against Lebanon and Gaza.
“The American Muslim Task Force on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) calls on the United Nations to fulfill its legal responsibility to stop Israeli war crimes in Lebanon and Gaza by using the Security Council to order an immediate cease-fire by all parties.
“We call on international human rights groups to bring war crimes charges against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for his role in the deaths of hundreds of women, children and the elderly in Qana, Lebanon, and in many less well-known incidents.
“We call on all Muslim countries to immediately suspend diplomatic ties with Israel. We also call on other countries currently contemplating such ties to discontinue all diplomatic contacts.
“We urge the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and the Arab League (AL) to declare Israel a terrorist state and to support the Lebanese government’s legitimate demand for compensation from Israel for its war crimes.
“Finally, we urge all people of conscience to seek divestment from any corporate entity that benefits the Israeli war economy.”
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AMT members and affiliates endorsing this statement include: American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Student Association-National (MSA-N), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), Project Islamic Hope (PIH), and United Muslims of America (UMA)
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