CAIR: Bush Abandoned US in Gaza / Muslims Mark Inaug w Peace Dove

CAIR: Bush Abandoned US in Gaza / Muslims Mark Inaug w Peace Dove
CAIR: Bush ‘Abandoned’ Americans in Gaza / Muslims to Mark
Inauguration with Peace Dove Release
January 18, 2009 Forward to a Friend Support CAIR Contact Us
DC: Muslims to Mark Inauguration with Peace Dove Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/2009) – On Monday, January 19, American
Muslim groups will welcome the inauguration of President Barack Obama
with a symbolic release of "peace doves" at a mosque in the nation’s
capital. The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections
(AMT), a coalition of 12 major Islamic organizations, will release 44
doves, one for each American president. The dove release is intended
to symbolize the American Muslim community’s desire for a more
peaceful world and to highlight the key role a president plays in
achieving peace based on justice and freedom. Event participants will
also use the occasion to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and
his legacy of peace.
WHEN: Monday, January 19, 2009, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Outside Masjid Muhammad, 1519 4th St N.W., Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,
202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR: Bush `Abandoned’ Americans in Gaza
Palestinian-Americans begin to report deaths of relatives
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/2009) A prominent national Islamic civil
rights and advocacy group said today that President Bush
has "abandoned" the more than 150 American citizens and their family
members seeking evacuation from the Gaza Strip.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
said it is not known if any American citizens are among the more than
1300 dead, including hundreds of women and children, and more than
5000 injured by Israeli attacks. Americans with family members in
Gaza are now beginning to report the death or injury of relatives.
A Palestinian-American in Chicago says his sister-in-law and her five
young children were killed just over a week ago in an Israeli air
strike.
SEE: Local Palestinian Grieves for Killed Relatives
A professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi said Israeli
attacks killed three of his nephews.
SEE: Family Members of Local Residents Killed in Gaza
In Washington state, one man said eight of his relatives were killed
in Gaza.
SEE ALSO: Hundreds Rally in Downtown Seattle against Israeli Offensive
"It is unconscionable that a president, whose highest duty is to
protect our nation’s citizens, would abandon Americans in their time
of greatest need," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim
Hooper. "One can only speculate as to why these particular citizens
are undeserving of protection or even rhetorical support."
CAIR has been seeking the evacuation of two American children, ages
six and three, along with all the other Americans in Gaza. State
Department officials told CAIR that an evacuation was being planned,
but nothing has been announced. The citizens of many other nations
have already been evacuated from Gaza.
SEE: CAIR Seeks Sponsors for Gaza Evacuees
In response to a CAIR alert seeking sponsors for American evacuees,
the Department of State’s Visa Office did set up a special e-mail
address, GazaAssistance@state.gov, for who are able to support
families that have no relatives in the United States.
The Israeli military has targeted homes, hospitals, mosques, medical
personnel, United Nations compounds, schools, universities, an
international media center, and a church.
Britain’s Guardian newspaper reports that during a 12-hour assault on
a village in Gaza last week, Israeli soldiers "attempted to bulldoze
houses with civilians inside" and "killed civilians trying to escape
under the protection of white flags."
SEE: Israel Accused of War Crimes Over 12-Hour Assault on Gaza Village
Last week, CAIR called on the Bush administration to request that the
United Nations immediately refer Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip
to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
SEE: U.S. Should Ask U.N. to Seek Gaza War Crimes Trials
SEE ALSO: MP Kaufman Likens Israelis to Nazis
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices
and chapters 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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-
488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR
Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:
arubin@cair.com
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