The American-Arab-Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) asked all its members to boycott the upcoming White House Iftar dinner, the traditional Muslim meal to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The ADC cited the Obama administration's continued support of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza as well as evidence they had spied on prominent Muslim leaders as a reason for protesting the event.
The ADC “calls upon members of the Arab and Muslim communities to join us in the boycott, including tonight’s White House Iftar hosted by President Barack Obama, given the government’s condoning of the current slaughter of Palestinians in Palestine and the spying [on] American Arabs and Muslims domestically,” the group said in a statement released on Monday. "Political engagement is important and having a seat at the table is crucial — but only when that seat is intended to amplify our voice as a community, not tokenize or subdue it," they added.
The group bills itself as "the largest Arab American grassroots civil rights organization in the US" and has reportedly been asking for a meeting Secretary of State John F. Kerry. The United States, a prominent ally of Israel, has supported the country's offensive against Hamas in Gaza, which has killed an estimated 170 people and wounded 1,300, according to ABC. Journalists Glenn Greewald and Murtza Hussain reported earlier this month that documents released by Edward Snowden showed that the U.S. government targeted five prominent Muslim American leaders for increased scrutiny and surveillance.