Muslim advocacy groups say they “cannot have a good conscience” at the event, as the U.S. is defending Israel amid Gaza attacks.
Major U.S. advocacy groups boycott a White House event on Sunday to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, saying the Biden administration “helps, incites and justifies” Israeli airstrikes against Palestinians in Gaza .
U.S. President Joe Biden will host a virtual celebration of Eid on Sunday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
But as Israeli airstrikes continue hit the Gaza Strip, killing at least 188 Palestinians and injuring hundreds of others, Muslim defense groups argue that the recent statements by the Biden administration have failed to hold Israel accountable for the escalation of violence.
“We cannot conscientiously celebrate Eid with the Biden Administration as it literally helps, encourages and justifies the indiscriminate bombing of the Israeli apartheid government against innocent men, women and children in Gaza,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council. ‘American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in a statement on Saturday.
“President Biden has the political power and the moral authority to stop these injustices. We urge him to stand by the victims and not the perpetrator, ”Awad said.
CAIR had previously urged Muslims across the United States to participate in the virtual celebration, describing as a “special event.”
But criticism of the Biden administration has grown over the past week as violence continues in Gaza progressive legislators in the United States, Palestinian advocates and rights groups urging the president of the United States to do so pressure Israel to end his military offensive.
The Israeli army began bombing the Gaza Strip last Monday after Israel’s plan to forcibly displace Palestinian families from occupied East Jerusalem attacks on the Palestinian faithful on the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, it spurred widespread protests in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, and the interior of Israel.
Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have killed dozens, destroyed roads and flattened buildings, including a tower that housed the offices of Al Jazeera and The Associated Press.
In a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, Biden “reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself from rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza,” he said. White House in a statement.
“He condemned these indiscriminate attacks on cities and towns in Israel,” the reading also states.
Critics have urged the Biden administration to pressure Netanyahu and his government, which the United States supplies $ 3.8 billion in military aid annually, to end the military operation.
But the Israeli prime minister said on Sunday that the offensive “continued in full force” and “will take time,” Reuters news agency reported. A day earlier, Netanyahu thanked Biden for his “unequivocal support for Israel’s right to defend itself.”
U.S. Muslims for Palestine, a national advocacy group, have also called for a boycott of the Biden administration’s Eid event on Sunday.
“A strong disapproval of this insensitive response from the Biden administration is needed. We will not allow the White House to exploit our Holy Eid celebrations for political gain at the expense of the Palestinian people,” the group said. dit.
Meanwhile, thousands of people he protested in U.S. cities over the weekend in support of the Palestinians and to demand an end to Washington’s unconditional support for Israel.