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Monday, January 5, 2009

CAIR Launches Gaza 'Peace and Justice' Petition Drive for Gaza

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched an online petition drive to collect one million signatures urging our nation's leaders to speak "in favor of peace and justice for all parties in the current humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Gaza Strip."

When completed, the petition will be sent to elected officials nationwide and will be given to members of the current and incoming administrations.

  Read the petition:

CAIR's petition states:

"We, the undersigned people of conscience who respect international law and the sanctity of human life, urge you to speak out for peace and justice for all parties in the Middle East crisis.

"We are concerned that the current violence and ongoing humanitarian crisis is further eroding America's international image. For this reason, a strong, balanced stance from you that is aimed at fostering an enduring peace is vital.

"Unfortunately, all parties in the Middle East conflict have committed violence against civilians. We unequivocally condemn all of these actions.

"The European Union (EU), Russia, the UN Secretary-General, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and other international bodies are all urging Israel to end it attacks.

"Middle East Envoy Tony Blair deplored the 'tragic of loss of life,' while French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned Israel's 'disproportionate use of force.'

"EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said the Israeli attacks were 'inflicting an unacceptable toll on Palestinian civilians and will only worsen the humanitarian crisis as well as complicate the search for a peaceful solution.'

"Unfortunately, our nation's one-sided response to this tragic episode will only serve to fuel anti-American sentiments in the Muslim world and beyond.

"We therefore call on you to demonstrate your commitment to changing our nation's current one-sided Mideast policy by speaking out now in favor of peace and justice for all parties to this decades-long conflict."

CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper appeared today on CNN to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. CAIR will co-sponsor a vigil for peace and justice in the Middle East tonight outside the White House.

  SEE: CAIR Rep Discusses Gaza Crisis on CNN

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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