For Immediate Release


National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:

Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR)

US Muslim Leaders to Address Gaza Crisis

WASHINGTON - On Monday, December 29, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil
Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of 12 major Islamic
organizations, will hold a 10 a.m. news conference at the National
Press Club in Washington, D.C., to release an open letter to
President-elect Obama outlining suggested domestic and foreign policy
priorities for the new administration. At that news conference, the
Muslim leaders will also address the growing humanitarian crisis in

SEE: Gaza Humanitarian Plight 'Disastrous,' U.N. Official Says (CNN)


Urge Congress, President to Stop Israeli ‘Massacre' in Gaza
Contact President-elect Obama and media outlets to demand a balanced Mideast policy

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/28/08) The Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) today called on American Muslims and other people of
conscience to contact their elected representatives and urge them to
condemn Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip that have killed almost 300
people and injured hundreds more, including women and children. In its
bombardment of Gaza, Israel has targeted at least one mosque, a
university and a warehouse for medical supplies.

SEE: Israel Pounds Gaza for Second Day, 296 Killed (Reuters)

CAIR also called on anyone concerned about the "disproportionate and
counterproductive" Israeli attacks to call radio talk show programs,
write letters to the editor and use social media websites such as
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to voice their concerns. Those contacting
the media or using social media networks are being asked to offer
support for the Palestinian right to freedom from occupation, to call
for an end to the Israeli blockade of humanitarian supplies to Gaza and
to demand a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Yesterday, CAIR issued a statement condemning the Israeli attacks
and calling on President-elect Obama to speak out on the crisis. CAIR's
statement read in part:

"American Muslims join our fellow citizens who
respect international law and the sanctity of human life in repudiating
this massacre carried out using U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons.

must be clear by now that the only future offered to the Palestinian
people by the outgoing administration was one of perpetual subjugation
and humiliation at the hands of the Israeli occupiers. Unfortunately,
our nation's timid response to this tragic episode will only serve to
fuel anti-American sentiments in the Muslim world.

therefore call on President-elect Obama to demonstrate his commitment
to change 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

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED: (Always be polite and respectful.)

1) CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES and ask them to publicly condemn Israel's "disproportionate and excessive" attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Point out that such attacks block efforts to bring peace with
justice to the Middle East, harm our nation's image and interests
worldwide and strengthen voices of extremism in the region. Ask your
elected officials to adopt an ever-handed Middle East policy that is in
our nation's, not Israel's interest.

Other points:

  • The Palestinian people must be given some hope of freedom from Israeli occupation and domination.
  • Israel's immoral and illegal collective punishment of the Palestinian people living in the Gaza Strip must end.
  • America must support a just and comprehensive resolution to the
    Israeli-Palestinian conflict that takes into account the rights and
    responsibilities of all parties.

Contact President George W. Bush:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111
Fax: 202-456-2461

Contact Your Congressional Representatives:

U.S. Senators

House of Representatives

2) CONTACT PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA to ask that he speak out now in
favor of a more balanced and pro-American policy in the Middle East
that takes the rights of all parties to the conflict into consideration.

Contact the Obama administration transition team here.

3) CONTACT THE MEDIA. Call in to radio talk shows
and write letters to the editor to express your views. To find local
and national media contact information, click here.

Post comments on media websites and blogs that discuss the crisis.
Begin you own blog and link to other sites that support a balanced
American policy in the region. Start a free blog at:

Use social media tools such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr to make your views known and to share your views with like-mined individuals and groups.

4) CONTACT THE STATE DEPARTMENT. Call 202-647-4000 and ask for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs or go click here.

Contact all of your colleagues, friends and family members to ask that
they contact their elected officials, President-elect Obama and the



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