—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (May 31, 2010) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) in a press release issued today strongly condemned the massacre of innocent international peace activists by the Israeli military.
ICNA expresses strong condemnation of the unprovoked attack by Israeli military forces on the Freedom flotilla, which was carrying humanitarian aid including food, medicine and wheelchairs to blockaded Palestinians in Gaza.
Several media sources reported that at least 20 civilian international peace activists were brutally murdered and many more severely injured by the Israeli forces in this unjustified and unprovoked military assault in international waters. Among those on the flotilla were the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mairead Corrigan-Maguire of Northern Ireland and a Holocaust survivor, Hedy Epstein, age 85.
We urge our government to condemn this despicable act, and we join the international community in calling for a swift investigation by the United Nations of this assault in order to hold responsible parties accountable for this tragedy.