The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, has never and would never offer advice on how to skirt American laws concerning donating to organizations designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the US Department of Treasury.
AMP is an American organization, working in America for Americans. Our work to educate the public and forward the Palestinian narrative into the national discourse is focused solely in the United States. AMP refutes the specious insinuations in a The Daily Beast article by Shane Harris, “Pro-Palestinian group lectured on skirting terror laws,” and we offer the video of Mr. Ahmad’s comments as proof Mr. Harris was intent on using Islamophobic tactics of smearing the speaker and conference organizers in attempts to silence advocacy for Palestinian human rights.
It is no secret that Palestine solidarity activism has been criminalized in the past few years, especially when taking into account the number of Title VI complaints Zionist organizations file against universities for allowing such activism; the federal raid on the homes of 23 activists four years ago and the recent political conviction of 67-year-old Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh. Furthermore the US Supreme Court’s 2010 decision against the Humanitarian Law Project, left vagueness and confusion in its wake about whether constitutionally protect free speech could ever be construed as material support for terrorism under the revised Patriot Act enacted after Sept. 11, 2001. Mr. Ahmad attempted to teach the audience how to work for Palestinian rights in this country without inadvertently breaking the law for activities, which a few years ago, would never have been questioned.