January 27th, 2009 19:01 EST
Reports of Americans Killed, Injured in Gaza
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced that it is gathering eyewitness reports to determine how many U.S. citizens, permanent residents or relatives of American citizens or residents were killed and injured in recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.
American evacuees from Gaza and their family members and relatives in the United States are being asked to fill out an online form detailing their experiences during the Israeli bombing campaign on Gaza`s civilian infrastructure.
U.S. citizens and their family members are currently being evacuated from the Gaza Strip. The number of American citizens to be evacuated has not been announced. It is not known if any Americans are among the more than 1300 dead, including hundreds of women and children, or the more than 5000 injured by Israeli attacks.
A number of Palestinian-Americans have reported the death or injury of relatives in Gaza. One Palestinian living in the Untied States described how Israeli troops prevented ambulances from reaching his dying brothers.
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In its attacks on Gaza, the Israeli military targeted individual civilians, homes, hospitals, mosques, a church, medical personnel, United Nations compounds, schools, universities, and an international media center. A number of civilians waving white flags were shot by Israeli soldiers. Israel`s chief military rabbi urged soldiers to show no mercy ? in Gaza.
SEE: Rabbi Told Israeli Troops `To Show No Mercy` in Gaza (AFP)
SEE ALSO: A Family`s Deadly Ordeal (Washington Post)
We need to know whether any Americans or permanent residents were harmed by Israeli attacks using American taxpayer-funded tanks, bombs, missiles and planes, ? said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad noted that many legal experts say Israel is in violation of international law and the U.S. Arms Export Control Act for using American weapons to target Gaza`s civilians and civilian infrastructure.
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED:
1. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT U.S. citizens or permanent residents killed or injured in Israeli attacks should fill out the CAIR questionnaire at: http://questionaire.cair.com/
2. IMAMS, ACTIVISTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS should urge that those who have relatives in Gaza or know American evacuees fill out the form and return it to CAIR.