Aug 1, 2006- Kaptur Calls For Cease Fire In Lebanon

June 12, 2007
Press Release
The American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) strongly endorses this Congressional effort. Dr. George Cody, Executive Director of the task force commended the signers of the letter "who are trying to bring an end to the carnage and destruction taking place in Lebanon and Israel, now and in the future." ATFL, a nonprofit organization, is made up of prominent members of the Lebanese-American community and is dedicated to maintaining a secure, stable, independent, and sovereign Lebanon, with the Government of Lebanon exercising exclusive control over all its territory.

According to the ATFL, roughly 600,000 Americans are of Lebanese decent, with the highest concentration of Lebanese-Americans in the country stretching from Detroit to Cleveland, including a high concentration in Toledo, Ohio, the seat of Congresswoman Kaptur's district.

Congresswoman Kaptur, representing this substantial Lebanese-American constituency, as well as a considerable Jewish community, is a strong advocate for a peaceful solution to escalating conflicts in the Middle East. In a statement on the floor of the House of Representatives on July 27, 2006, Congresswoman Kaptur pleaded with her colleagues to remember the plight of those affected by Middle East violence over the five-week recess. "Surely," she told the House of Representatives, "we are destroying a part of the earth that will take generations to restore, and we every day are watching young people and innocence killed by the hundreds and thousands."

During House debate, she promoted a peaceful solution to the violent situation in declaring, "It is especially essential to be a voice for peace when others believe that escalating the military option without serious and equal emphasis on political and diplomatic efforts will yield calm and resolution." It is in this spirit that she has authored this letter to the President asking for a total and immediate cease-fire between all warring parties.

Besides these distinguished Members of Congress, numerous notable Lebanese-Americans have called for a cease-fire including Toledo native Jamie Farr, Casey Kasem, Kathy Najimy, and Tony Shaloub.

Click Here View Congresswoman Kaptur's Letter to the President

Click Here To View Congresswoman Kaptur's Speech On Wednesday JULY 27, 2006