AMP condemns Israeli attack on Lebanese border

Provocation, shelling show Israel not interested in peace with its neighbors

(CHICAGO 08/03/2010) – The American Muslims for Palestine, a national, grassroots organization dedicated to educating Americans about Palestine, condemn in the harshest possible terms Israel’s attack at the Lebanese border today that resulted in the deaths of three people, including a journalist.

Though Israel claims it was fired upon first, the Associated Press is reporting that the confrontation occurred after Israeli soldiers tried to remove a tree from the Lebanese side of the border. An AP photo shows a soldier standing on crane that is reaching over the border fence into Lebanon, the AP reported.

Furthermore, media reports indicate Israel has continued shelling the Lebanese border intermittently.

“This latest aggression against Lebanon by Israel, its war-mongering over Iran, and its recent deadly attack against the unarmed humanitarian aid effort, the Freedom Flotilla, proves that Israel is not interested in peace in the region,” said Dr. Hatem Bazian, AMP chairman and professor of Near East and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. “Israel continues to prove it is a rogue state that is in a perpetual state of war readiness.”

While the United States continues to struggle with recession and has cut spending to education, senior citizen programs and other social programs, it continues to send Israel more than $5 billion every year in unconditional military aid, loan guarantees, other grants and reduced cost or free weaponry.

AMP demands the U.S. hold Israel accountable for its illegal and unjustifiable actions by withholding the more than $7 million per day of taxpayer money that is sent to Israel and used to support that country’s internationally illegal activities.

The American Muslims for Palestine is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to educate the  American public about issues relating to Palestine and its rich, cultural heritage. For more information, contact Kristin Szremski, director of media and communications, at 708.598.4267 ext. 22 or at media@ampalestine.org. To learn  more, go to www.ampalestine.org.

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