ADC Statement on US Military Actions
Washington, DC — The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) today expressed support for actions by the United States to bring to justice the criminals behind the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, DC, and to ensure that no such attacks against the American people occur in the future. Arab Americans stand shoulder to shoulder with our government and fellow citizens in opposing those who would attack our country. ADC urges that, when military actions are required, they are targeted precisely at the guilty parties and their accomplices, and that every possible measure is taken to avoid civilian casualties.
Arab Americans are angered and appalled by attempts to cynically exploit Arab and Muslim concerns regarding some US policies in the Middle East to justify the crimes of September 11. ADC reiterates that nothing could justify the September 11 attacks, and that those who would use widespread concerns over US policies as a rationalization for these crimes are distorting and misrepresenting these grievances. These concerns need to be addressed within the framework of US efforts to develop and maintain warm and stable relations with Arab and Muslim societies. ADC welcomes statements by President George Bush that American military actions are not targeted against the Afghan people or Islam.
ADC urges Arab Americans to continue to exercise caution, use their common sense, be aware of their surroundings, and report suspicious or threatening incidents to the police and ADC. ADC has confirmed over 350 violent incidents against Arab Americans since September 11, including five killings. ADC provides legal referrals to those who face threats, violence or discrimination on the basis of their national origin, ethnicity or faith.