CAIR-San Diego to Launch Letter-Writing Campaign for Gaza

CAIR-logoSeveral thousand letters have already been signed by San Diego Muslims calling for end to killing in Gaza

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 7/29/14) -- On Wednesday, July 30, the San Diego Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, California (CAIR-CA) will hold a news conference to announce the launch of a letter-writing to call for an end to the killing in Gaza.

WHAT: Press Conference to Launch Letter-Writing to Call for an End to Killings in Gaza
WHEN: Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m.
WHERE: CAIR-San Diego Office, 8316 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 203, San Diego, CA 92111
WHO: San Diego community member that have lost 45 family members in Palestine, community leaders, CAIR representatives, and volunteers who helped get the signatures will be present at the press conference for interviews.
CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991, hmohebi@cair.com

"American taxpayers are funding Israel's use of illegal and inhumane force against Palestinians living in Gaza," said CAIR-CA Chair Safaa Ibrahim. "Our community is coming together to urge their senators to intervene and call for an immediate halt to the unconscionable and inexcusable targeting of innocent civilians by the Israeli military using American-funded weapons."

The letters read in part:

"The U.S. government must not remain silent about Israel's unjust and disproportionate use of force against the Palestinians in Gaza ...

"Because Americans taxpayers provide Israel with billions of dollars of aid each year, we have a right to demand that those funds not be used to take the lives of innocent civilians."

CAIR recently announced the launch of "CAIR Connects: Gaza." This alert allows individuals an opportunity to communicate their concerns regarding the current crisis in Gaza to their elected officials.

Want to Help Palestine? Here's How
Take Action at CAIR-San Diego #IStandWithGaza
And Sign Letters to your Senators on Gaza Online

All offices of CAIR-CA (San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles) have taken part in this effort. CAIR chapters across the country have launched similar letter-writing campaigns, including chapters in Maryland and Texas.

The letters, directed at California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, are being circulated at mosques and events across California by staff and volunteers of the Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

San Diego office has already received several thousand letters, requesting the senators demand an immediate end to Israeli violence targeting civilians in Gaza, have been signed so far. The letters will be hand-delivered to the offices of both senators shortly. (We will have the stacks signed letters on display.)

Some 1100 Palestinians -- mostly civilians and children -- have been reported killed and more than six thousand have been injured in Israel's most recent military campaign against Gaza. Numerous Palestinian Americans in California have reported deaths among their relatives in Gaza.

Israeli attacks targeting civilians have included the killing of whole families as they sheltered in their homes, attacks on journalists, the shelling of hospitals, the destruction of mosques, and even allegations that wounded civilians are being targeted by Israeli snipers.

CAIR-CA is the oldest chapter of CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil rights organization. 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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