March 25, 2024
Holly Mitchell

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(LOS ANGELES, CA 3/25/2024) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today expressed gratitude to Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell for urging the LA County Congressional Delegation and the Biden administration to call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. 

SEE: Supervisor Mitchell’s Letter Calling for a Ceasefire 

Supervisor Mitchell recently sent an official letter to Los Angeles County’s congressional delegation expressing concern about the suffering of civilians in Gaza and seeking the delegation members’ support in urging the Biden administration to call for an immediate and lasting ceasefire, a release of Palestinians detained unlawfully by the Israeli government, and the delivery of humanitarian aid into Gaza.  

In her letter, Supervisor Mitchell said:  

“The United States must act now to save innocent lives, and the Biden administration must use the full force of America’s leverage and global leadership to end the war. While I support recent American efforts to deliver additional aid to Gaza, human rights organizations assert that a permanent ceasefire is the only way to allow for sufficient aid and to meaningfully address the crisis.”

In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:  

“We thank Supervisor Mitchell for her principled stance in calling for a ceasefire and urging the Biden administration to prioritize delivering crucial humanitarian aid to Gaza and putting a definitive end to the violence and the occupation. An overwhelming majority of Americans support a permanent ceasefire, and it is time for our Congress and White House to align themselves with the voice of their constituents and use their global leadership to end the genocide.” 

CAIR-LA sent a letter to Supervisor Mitchell thanking her for using her position to advocate for a permanent ceasefire and for her leadership in addressing the rise in hate towards the Palestinian, Arab, Jewish, and Muslim communities in Los Angeles. 

Since Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza began on Oct. 7, it has destroyed entire residential neighborhoods and critical infrastructure, displaced over one million people, and killed nearly 32,000 civilians, including over 13,000 children. Human rights organizations and advocates from all over the world have stated that Israel’s cutting off of food, water, electricity, and medicine while it also indiscriminately drops bombs homes, hospitals, bakeries, schools, mosques, churches, and even refugee camps in Gaza, amounts to war crimes.  

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.  

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Digital Communications Manager Enjy El-Kadi, (714) 851-4851 or eelkadi@cair.com