Join thousands as we march for an end to the siege on Gaza on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, timed to coincide with the largest gathering of American Muslims in the United States.
The American Muslims for Palestine along with several national and regional Muslim organizations, including the Muslim American Society (MAS), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), American Muslim Alliance (AMA), the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) have signed onto a joint petition demanding an end to Israeli aggression and its occupation of the Palestinian people. Several hundred individuals also have signed on. Add your name.
August 2, 2014
The Israeli aggression against the civilian population of Gaza has surpassed all levels of brutality and cruelty. For over three weeks, the Israeli government has unleashed a violent campaign that has so far resulted in more than 1600 deaths (including more than 400 children, 300 women and dozens of elderly people), and more than 9,000 wounded (over 2500 children and 1600 women). No building, however sacred, was spared: more than 8,500 homes, 76 mosques, 2 churches, and 25 hospitals and health clinics were destroyed. Ambulances, doctors, nurses and paramedics, schools, universities, UN buildings, libraries, shelters, food markets, playgrounds, graveyards were also bombed, in addition to 152 educational facilities.
According to Israeli authorities 95 percent of the sixty declared Israeli fatalities are military, while according to the UN about three-quarters of Palestinian casualties are civilians. Consequently, top UN officials and human rights groups have conducted investigation and accused Israel of “war crimes,” and even called for the UN to impose an arms embargo against Israel.
Therefore, we, as American Muslim organizations, academics, Imams, community leaders and activists, affirm our unequivocal support for Palestinian rights to freedom and dignity while forcefully condemning the illegal and oppressive occupation structure.
In short, we call for:
1) An immediate end to Israeli aggression and occupation: This distressing fact must be central to all efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The unceasing violence against the Palestinian people that has taken place for decades must end immediately. It should include the end of the siege and blockade of Gaza, the opening of all border crossings, and the release of thousands of political prisoners in Israeli prisons. The world, as contracting parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, must take responsibility and provide protection and security to the defenseless Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation and control.
Israel wipes out families as it indiscriminately attacks civilians
On Saturday, Israeli forces committed "a new massacre" in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City. Images of dead chlidren, women and men huddled together lying on the streets is reminiscent of the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon in 1982. Israeli forces killed 66 people in the Shujaiyya neighborhood, according to media reports.
Israeli Occupation Forces have killed 410 Palestinians and wounded more than 3,000 since Israel began its assault on July 8. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has said more than 61,000 people have sought safe haven in UNRWA facilities - more than the number of people seeking shelter throughout all of Operation Cast Lead, Israel's three-week assault in 2008-'09 that killed 1,409 Palestinians.
Stop the Massacre in Gaza!
Join thousands of people in a National March on the White House on Saturday, August 2 at 1:00pm to condemn the Israeli massacre in Gaza.
We have been in the streets every day in cities around the country. What is needed now is a massive National March on Washington.
Take action to stop Israel’s deadly assault!
(CHICAGO 07/18/2014) – The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), is asking everyone to dedicate this weekend to the people of Gaza.
- ORGANIZE OR ATTEND A RALLY IN YOUR CITY
- CALL AND EMAIL THE WHITE HOUSE
- CALL, FAX OR EMAIL THE EGYPTIAN EMBASSY
Early on Thursday, Israeli forces unleashed a ground invasion into Gaza, after warning the residents to evacuate. Gaza is an open air prison. All the borders are closed and the residents have nowhere to turn. Israel is indiscriminately targeting civilians by bombing houses, hospitals and mosques. The United Nations and human rights groups report that 80 percent of the more than 240 dead are civilians