Sunday, November 05, 2006

MPAC Condemns Israel


(Los Angeles - 11/3/06) -- The Muslim Public Affairs Council today condemned the killing of two Palestinian women acting as human shields between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian men during a stand-off at a Gaza mosque overnight. More than 300 Palestinians have been killed in the last four months, at least half of them civilians, according to Israeli human rights group B'Tselem..

Israeli troops fired at a large crowd of unarmed Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip as the women approached a mosque to help Palestinian men holed up inside. Two women were killed and about 10 were injured, according to hospital workers.

SEE: "Gaza Gunmen Flee Behind Human Shield Protest" (MSNBC, 11/3/06)

"We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the continuing Israeli military intrusion into the Palestinian territories," said MPAC Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati. "Innocent people continue to die, peaceful citizens are in direct danger, and the humanitarian situation keeps worsening as a result of the Israeli assault on the Palestinian people."

Each dollar used by the Israeli war machine to oppress Palestinian and Lebanese civilians is a violation of American law, namely the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, which disallows the U.S. from sending weapons to foreign countries if they are used against civilians.

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