FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. MUSLIMS SAY ‘SIEGE’ OF PALESTINIANS MUST END
CAIR: Restore humanitarian aid, talk to elected representatives
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/23/2006) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on the Bush administration to use Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's visit this week to the United States to address urgent issues that are harming America’s image and interests in the Middle East and throughout the Muslim world.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the current suffering caused by the Israeli and international “siege” imposed on the Palestinian people is a humanitarian disaster that will only deepen divisions and hostility in the region.
In its statement, the Washington-based group said:
“We urge President Bush to tell Mr. Olmert that the American people will not support unilateral actions such as settlement land grabs, Apartheid-style walls or denial of basic humanitarian needs that block progress toward a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Olmert should also be told that he cannot expect American taxpayers to continue financing Israel’s illegal and counterproductive actions, which impede the peace process.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Although this news-release deals with the so-called "siege" of the Palestinians, the word "Hamas" does not appear anywhere in it: