Urgent, Community Action
Mon, 31 May 2010 21:05:49 GMT
CIOGC Strongly Condemns another Israeli Massacre
And Calls for Action to hold Israel Responsible and
To end the collective punishment of Palestinians in Gaza
Take Action: Contact the Administration and Your Members of Congress and join us in demonstration on June 1 in front of the Israeli consulate
Chicago, IL | May 31, 2010 | www.ciogc.org - The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) strongly condemns the massacre committed by the Israeli forces in International waters against civilian humanitarian activists who were on the "Gaza Freedom Flotilla" to deliver humanitarian aid. The unprovoked Israeli attacks occurred at night, and, based on current reports, massacring 20 unarmed civilian humanitarian activists and injuring over 60.
The use of military force by Israel in international waters against peace activists on the Flotilla is a provocation to the international community and violates humanitarian values and international law.
CIOGC calls on the Administration to hold Israel responsible for this massacre of civilian peace activists, and to demand that Israel immediately ends the siege of Gaza.
Over 600 individuals, on six ships, were aboard the Flotilla, and all whom have been re-directed to Israel where they face deportation and/or criminal charges. A number of American citizens were amongst the activists.
The Council urges the Muslim community in Illinois and our faith and civic partners to join all people of conscious in condemning the Israeli massacre of peace activists and to call our administration and the Congress to protest the Israeli action against the aide Flotilla, hold Israel accountable for the massacre, and demand an immediate end to the starvation and collective punishments of Palestinians in Gaza
Take Action Now!
- Contact the White House and ask President Obama to hold Israel accountable for the deaths of the peace activists and demand an immediate end to the blockade of Gaza. Call (202) 456-1414
- Contact the State Department and ask Secretary Clinton to condemn the Israeli massacre and work to end the collective punishment and the blockade against the Palestinian in Gaza. Call (202) 647-4000
- Contact your Members of Congress and urge them to protest the Israeli action against the Flotilla, hold Israel accountable for the massacre, and demand an immediate end to the siege of Gaza. Senator Richard Durbin Washington, D.C. Office (202) 224-2152, Chicago Office (312) 353-4952Senator Roland Burris Washington, D.C. Office: (202) 224-2854, Chicago Office: (312) 886-3506
- 4. Join the rally for Justice to condemn the massacre and end the blockade against the Palestinians in Gaza at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, in front of the Israeli Consulate at 111 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago (just east of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive).
Buses will be leaving at 3:30 p.m. from the following locations
Mosque Foundation, 7360 West 93rd Street, Bridgeview, IL 60455
Islamic Community Center of Illinois, 6435 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634
For more information, call Mohamad Nasir, Executive Director of CIOGC at 847.226.7505 or Kiran Ansari, Communication Director of CIOGC at 630.544.9377
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