ADC Files for Temporary Protected Status for Citizens of Lebanon and Gaza
Washington, DC | July 24, 2006 | Today, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) requested that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State to designate Lebanon and the Gaza Strip for Temporary Protected Status due to the severe humanitarian crisis caused by Israeli attacks on those areas.
Temporary Protected Status would allow nationals of Lebanon and the Gaza Strip to remain in the United States on a temporary basis to ensure that they are not returned to an area rife with violence, with dwindling access to water, medical and food supplies.
To date, the Israeli attacks on Lebanon have caused more than 370 deaths, with children comprising more than one third of the casualties.
The Beirut airport, seaport, bridges, gas stations and roads have been bombed, effectively closing all means of communication to and from Lebanon. It is estimated that 600,000 people have been displaced as a result of the bombings and the United Nations stated that another 500,000 are expected to flee their homes if the bombing continues.
In the Gaza Strip, the main power plant, in addition to several key infrastructures have been bombed causing a humanitarian crisis for more than 1.3 million civilians. The repeat