- October 21 - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today condemned the recent killing of Palestinian civilians in a series of Israeli assassination attempts and said the Bush administration is using a "double standard" in its reaction to civilian deaths in the Middle East conflict.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement:
"Israel's American-supplied and financed aircraft raided densely populated areas of the Gaza Strip five times on Monday, killing 10 civilians, including a doctor and a 12-year-old boy. More than 100 Palestinians were wounded, many seriously.
_ "When Israelis are attacked, our government rightly reacts with statements of outrage and anger. But when Palestinian civilians are killed, the response from this administration is either silence or to offer justifications for Israeli brutality. It is this double standard on human life that fuels mistrust of America's policies and intentions in the Middle East and the Muslim world.
"There should be only one standard for condemning terrorism, whether it is carried out by an individual, a group or a state, even if that state is an ally."
The statement noted that CAIR has condemned terror attacks on Israeli civilians and has been consistent in its repudiation of terrorism in all its forms.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 23 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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