CAIR Calls U.S. Veto of UN Resolution Calling for Humanitarian Ceasefire ‘Indefensible’

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/18/23) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the nation, today condemned as “indefensible” a United States veto of a U.N. resolution that would have condemned violence against all civilians in the current Middle East conflict and would have urged humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.


The Security Council vote on the resolution was 12 votes in favor, the United States against, and Russia and the United Kingdom abstaining.


In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:


“We are deeply disturbed and disappointed by the United States’ indefensible decision to stand alone and veto the UN Security Council’s Gaza ceasefire resolution, which shows shocking indifference to the Israeli government’s attacks on civilians. Allowing Netanyahu to continue wreaking death and destruction in Gaza risks a wider conflict and disregards the concerns of American Muslims and Palestinian Americans and others. We call on the Biden administration to change course and demand an immediate ceasefire before more innocent people suffer.”


More than 30,000 Americans have used CAIR’s action alert to contact their members of Congress and call for an end to the violence and the renewal of U.S.-led efforts to end the occupation. 


SEE: Urge Your Members of Congress to Address Root Cause of Mideast Violence (


CAIR, along with over 70 other American Muslim, Arab American, South Asian American, African American, and various faith-based and civil rights organizations, sent an urgent letter to the White House calling on President Joe Biden to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the pursuit of a just and lasting peace during his visit to Israel. 




CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.                


La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.               

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