White House Vigil for Gaza on December 31, 2008

CAIR ACTION ALERT #557

Action: Join White House Vigil for Gaza on Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve event seeks Mideast peace, justice in 2009

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/30/08) – On Wednesday, December 31, American Muslims and other people of conscience will gather outside the White House in Washington, D.C., for a “New Year’s Eve Candlelight Vigil for Gaza.” The vigil is sponsored by the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of 12 major Islamic organizations.

Vigil participants will call on public officials to help stop Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, restore the cease-fire and promote peace with justice in the Middle East during the coming year.

Please forward this alert to your friends and family and ask them to join the vigil.

WHAT: New Year’s Eve Candlelight Vigil for Gaza Outside the White House
WHEN: Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 7-8 p.m. (Please dress warmly and arrive by 6:45 p.m.)
WHERE: Outside the White House (N.E. corner of Lafayette Park), 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726

Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian territories, told the BBC: “Israel is committing a shocking series of atrocities by using modern weaponry against a defenseless population – attacking a population that has been enduring a severe blockade for many months.”

SEE: Gaza Air Campaign ‘a First Stage’ (BBC)
SEE ALSO: Family Mourns 5 Daughters as Civilian Death Toll Mounts (Wash. Post)

Yesterday, AMT held a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., at which Muslim leaders addressed the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Video: U.S. Must Act to Save Gaza, Restore Cease-Fire

AMT is an umbrella organization that includes: American Muslim Alliance (AMA), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society-Freedom Foundation (MAS-FF), Muslim Student Association-National (MSA-N), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), and United Muslims of America (UMA). Its observer organizations include: Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (IEC).

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~ by peaceseeker99 on December 31, 2008.

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