- July 23 - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today strongly condemned
Israel's use of American taxpayer-supplied weapons to massacre at least 11 Palestinians,
including women and children, in an attack on a residential building in the Gaza
The latest list of dead released by a nearby hospital included two babies ages
18 and 2 months, five children ages 3-5, an 11-year-old and three adults. Israel
used an American-made F-16 fighter plane to launch the missile that struck the
"The blood of these innocent children is on the hands of those in America's
pro-Israel lobby who use their influence to promote congressional and administration
policies that provide American tax dollars and tacit support for such attacks,"
said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. He said the attack was a violation of the
U.S. Arms Export Control Act.
"Terrorism is defined as the use of violence against civilians to achieve
political goals. This premeditated attack on a civilian building in the dead of
night is a prime example of state-sponsored terrorism. If our government fails
to condemn this massacre, all the official rhetoric about 'zero-tolerance' for
terrorism will ring hollow around the Muslim world. There should be one standard
for defining terrorism, not one for Israel and one for the rest of the world,"
He added that the recent administration shift away from an even-handed Middle
East policy to one that bows to Israeli dictates was obviously viewed as a green-light
for the attack. Ahmad also called on American Jewish groups to condemn the attack
in the same way that American Muslim organizations have condemned other acts of
A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan also condemned the attack,
saying: "Israel has the legal and moral responsibility to take all measures
to avoid the loss of innocent life; it clearly failed to do so in using a missile
against an apartment building...The secretary-general calls on the government
of Israel to halt such actions and to conduct itself in a manner that is fully
consistent with international humanitarian law."