CAIR | Israeli Bullets Hit Home of American Children Trapped in Gaza

Israeli Bullets Hit Home of American Children Trapped in Gaza
CAIR seeks ‘immediate intervention’ to evacuate U.S. citizens

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/12/2009) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported today that Israeli bullets hit the house of two American children trapped under bombardment by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

CAIR has been seeking State Department assistance in evacuating the two children, ages six and three, along with all the other Americans in Gaza. Friends of the family contacted CAIR seeking help. (Photos of the family are available from CAIR.)

Reached by phone in Gaza, the father of the American children said bullets fired from an Israeli tank hit the family home in Beit Hanoun on Saturday. He said a nearby two-story home owned by his brother was destroyed today by the Israelis. The father, who graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., said he has recently been contacted by American officials about a possible evacuation.

In a response to a letter CAIR sent January 7 to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the State Department said that an evacuation is being planned this week for almost 150 American citizens and their family members trapped in Gaza. Officials say 16 American citizens were evacuated on January 2. American sponsors are also being sought for those evacuees who may be brought to the United States. A number of potential evacuees are non-citizen parents of young American-born children.

“We call for the immediate intervention of the Bush administration to demand that Israel stop its attacks on civilian areas so that all the American citizens facing death in Gaza can be safely evacuated,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Each day the evacuation is delayed means another day in which U.S. citizens might be injured or killed by American taxpayer-funded weapons in a brutal campaign supported by our own government.”

He said citizens of many other nations, including Canada, Russia, the Philippines, Ukraine, Denmark, Austria, Norway, Romania, and Sweden have already been evacuated from Gaza.

Hooper noted that the death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza has topped 900, including many women and children. In its attacks, Israel has denied access to wounded civilians and has targeted homes, schools, mosques, universities, medical and United Nations personnel, and a church. A leading human rights group yesterday accused Israel of using white-phosphorus munitions in its attacks on civilian areas.

SEE: Israel Accused of Using White Phosphorus in Gaza (Reuters)

The United Nations’ top human rights official said Friday that the Israeli military may have committed war crimes in Gaza.

SEE: UN Human Rights Chief Accuses Israel of War Crimes

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

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~ by peaceseeker99 on January 13, 2009.

2 Responses to “CAIR | Israeli Bullets Hit Home of American Children Trapped in Gaza”

  1. in responce to your claims of the IDF using WP here is the TRUTH

    Israelis Use of White Phosphorous Airburst Smoke Screening in Gaza
    Accrding to IHS Jane’s Weapons Technology Analyst commenting on the discussions surrounding the Israeli use of white phosherous agents in Gaza, “The round so far specified as being fired are the M825A1 which is purely an air-burst white phosherous smoke projectile.” the analyst said. ‘It’s construction and function is highly elaborate and I would say deliberately so to make it inappropriate for anti-personnel use’. M825A1 shell is not defined as an incendiary weapon by the Third Protocol to the Convention on Conventional Weapons because its principal use is to produce smoke to protect troops. White Phosphorous weapons banned by theprotocol are ground or low level burst weapons designed primarily for anti-personnel use. The primary function of the M825A1 is for the rapid creation of a highly effective, but short lived visible and infrared smoke screen.

    During the opening stages of Cast Lead land campaign, these munitions were employed at relatively low altitude, creating optimal obscuration for extended period of time. However, at the later stages, smoke screens were activated at higher elevation, thus eliminating much of the risk of collateral damage to non combatants. The activation height is determined by setting the time delay fuse for shorter activation.
    According to the London Times, Israel is using white phosphorus shells. The Times claimed these shells are clearly seen on stockpiles used by Israel’s artillery units operating near Gaza. The newspaper said Palestinian citizens had suffered burns caused by the weapons, claiming ‘The use of WP against civilians is prohibited under international law”. Phosphorus ignites on contact with oxygen and, according to the Times, is being used by the Israeli military to create smokescreens to allow its ground forces to operate.
    Israeli military spokeswoman referred to the projectile identified by the Times as a ‘quiet shell’. “It is empty, it has no explosives and no white phosphorus. There is nothing inside it… We shoot it to mark the target before we launch a real shell. We launch two or three of the quiet shells which are empty so that the real shells will be accurate. It’s not for killing people.”

  2. I’m sorry Mr. Goldman, but the truth doesn’t lie. Israel did use these weapons in their war on the Palestinian civilian population. Peace. 🙂

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