Fundraising drive in LA to aid Palestinian victims
Muslim leaders in Los Angeles yesterday joined a US$3 million fundraising
drive to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinian victims.
initiated by Islamic Relief USA, has won the support of Muslim-American
community leaders, organizers said.
More than 70 mosques in Southern
California on Friday will dedicate their prayers to victims of the Israeli
attacks, the organizers said.
Protests were also scheduled later in the day
in some areas, including the Israeli Consulate in downtown Los Angeles.
amount of suffering (by Palestinians) is totally unacceptable under any
pretext," Maher Hathout, a senior adviser to the Muslim Public Affairs Council,
Muslim-American organizations also lashed out at Israel for what they
called "barbaric attacks" on Hamas-controlled Gaza.
disproportionate response is cruel and unacceptable to any human being by any
standards," Hathout said.
Hussam Ayloush, of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, said: "This is an illegal bombardment by Israel. It is barbaric and
it's even more barbaric that it's being done by the Bush
"There's no doubt that Israel's propaganda machine is working
by blaming the victims. Gaza's people are prisoners in their own land. We depend
on the help of the American people."
Edina Lekovic of the Muslim Public
Affairs Council warned that the attacks will only breed more extremism in the
"Instead of curbing extremism, this is going to breed more militancy
on the ground. The actions today only guarantee further bloodshed," she
There are an estimated 650,000 Muslims living in Southern