The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will boycott the traditional White House Eid celebration in protest at the Biden administration’s support for Israel as it fends off Hamas-fired rockets and retaliates with airstrikes in Gaza, Politico says.
The White House has scheduled the virtual Eid to commemorate the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan for Sunday.
“My expectation and hope is this will be closing down sooner than later, but Israel has a right to defend itself,” Biden told reporters after he spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, assuring him of U.S support.
The two leaders also talked Saturday amid escalating violence between Israeli and Palestinian forces.
CAIR said it is “incredibly disappointed and deeply disturbed” by the administration’s position in response to the violence.
“CAIR joins other American Muslim organizations in cancelling our plans to take part in President Biden’s Eid celebration. We cannot in good conscience celebrate Eid with the Biden Administration while it literally aids, abets and justifies the Israeli apartheid government’s indiscriminate bombing of innocent men, women and children in Gaza.
President Biden has the political power and moral authority to stop these injustices. We urge him to stand on the side of the victims and not the victimizer,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said.
American Muslims for Palestine is also boycotting the White House’s virtual Eid celebration.