Press Release: U.S. Muslims Condemn Israeli ‘Massacre’ of Lebanese Civilians

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U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN ISRAELI ‘MASSACRE’ OF LEBANESE CIVILIANS At least 12 Lebanese civilians killed in convoy fleeing Israeli threats

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/15/06) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on the international community to intervene after at least 12 Lebanese civilians, including women and children, were killed in an Israeli attack on a convoy fleeing threats to destroy their village.

The fleeing civilians had reportedly sought protection from U.N. peacekeeping forces in the area, but had been turned away.

SEE: 12 Lebanese Killed In Convoy Attack (AP)

In a statement, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:

“The international community must respond to this latest massacre of Lebanese men, women and children by taking concrete action to protect that nation’s civilian population and infrastructure from attack.

“Israel has stated clearly, and demonstrated through violent actions, that it is attacking civilian targets in Lebanon in order to achieve a political goal. This is the very definition of state terrorism.

“Our nation cannot maintain credibility in condemning acts of terror carried out by individuals and groups, while offering diplomatic cover and material support to a state that is engaged in a brutal campaign against an entire civilian population.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates 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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