CAIR-NJ Urges Intervention of Biden Administration and New Jersey Members of Congress to Ensure the Safe Return of NJ Medical Professionals Stranded in Gaza

 

(NEWARK, NJ, 5/15/2024) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today urged Biden Administration and New Jersey Members of Congress to intervene on behalf of New Jersey’s medical professionals stranded at the European Hospital in Gaza. 

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Approximately 20 American medical professionals, including Dr. Ghada Abukwaik, a New Jersey pharmacist, and Dr. Adam Hamawy from New Jersey, a distinguished U.S. Army veteran, who have been providing critical medical aid in Gaza in partnership with the World Health Organization. They are unable to return home due to border closures enforced by Israeli authorities.

CAIR-NJ urges for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to facilitate their safe evacuation. It is imperative that the U.S. government reaffirms its commitment to protecting its citizens abroad, particularly those serving humanitarian missions.

CAIR-NJ also urges the importance of maintaining uninterrupted medical assistance to the people of Rafah. The enforced border closures have not only hindered the return of medical professionals but have also obstructed the entry of replacement doctors waiting at the border. The health and well-being of the people in Rafah cannot be any further compromised.

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“There is an urgent need for the evacuation of NJ medical professionals from the European Hospital in Gaza. We urge the Biden administration and New Jersey members of Congress to intervene on behalf of these humanitarian workers to ensure their safe passage back home – including our New Jersey citizens.” 

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

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, sMaksut@cair.com, 908-668-5900 ext. 101, 908-267-3119

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