Take Action Now: AMP condemns conviction, incarceration of Rasmea Odeh

rasmea(CHICAGO 11/11/2014) –The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, condemns the unjust conviction and imprisonment of beloved community activist, Rasmea Odeh. We call upon our supporters and all lovers of justice and Free Speech to take action for Rasmea this week.

Rasmea’s conviction in a Detroit courtroom is another dimension of continued Palestinian dispossession.

Rasmea was convicted of one count of unlawful procurement of naturalization for allegedly not disclosing she had spent 10 years in an Israeli prison on her application for naturalization. In 1969, Rasmea – along with 500 other Palestinians – was rounded up by Israeli Occupation Forces. She confessed to a crime she did not commit, after enduring 45 days of torture, including sexual assault. 

Bringing Israel into the courtroom, prosecutors based their case on this episode from 45 years ago. Then, stripping her of her due process, presiding Judge Gershwin Drain prohibited Rasmea from telling the jury about the torture, the resulting post-traumatic stress disorder and how the occupation authorities forced her into confession to a crime she did not commit. 

Balfour Declaration at the heart of the assault on Al Aqsa; occupation of Palestine

(CHICAGO 11/01/2014) – In perhaps one of the biggest ironies ever, British parliamentarians voted overwhelmingly in October to recognize a Palestinian state, just two weeks shy of the 97th commemoration Great Britain’s Balfour Declaration.

While Zionism, with its inherent racists and imperialist policies, is behind the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people, it is the Balfour Declaration that was the catalyst for the Zionist enterprise that ate up Palestinian land and dispossessed two-thirds of its indigenous population to create the state of Israel.

AMP condemns the shutting down of Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem

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(CHICAGO 10/30/2014) – The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization denounces Israel’s closure of the sacred Al Aqsa mosque sanctuary in Jerusalem, Islam’s third holiest site. 

The right to access religious sites and to worship freely is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and nearly 30 other international laws. Further, the US State Department, which says our foreign policy contains measures to guarantee religious freedom worldwide, points to American laws that ensure “the ability to identify and sanction governments that engage in or tolerate ‘particularly severe’ violations of religious freedom.”

“That Israel shut down our sacred mosque and its surroundings is reprehensible and entirely unacceptable. It not only violates international law but also American law, which promotes religious freedom around the globe,” said AMP Chairman Dr. Hatem Bazian. “We are extremely concerned for the safety and integrity of our holy sites, especially with Israeli threats to split the mosque or prohibit access to Muslims on certain days.”

ACTION ALERT! #SaveAlAqsa

AL AQSA UNDER ATTACK - ISRAEL FULLY CLOSES SITE FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1967

nader(CHICAGO 10/30/2014) – Since 1967, Al Aqsa, Islam’s third holiest site, has been threatened by Israeli imperialist and apartheid policies. But since last summer, a rise in the ultra-right, extremist Temple Movement, has resulted in frequent incursions of racist Jewish settlers, protected by Israeli Occupation Forces, into the mosque sanctuary.

Now, Israel has completely closed off Al Aqsa and its surroundings. This is extremely troubling, given the effort by many in the Knesset to partition Al Aqsa in the same manner as the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, where Palestinians are prohibited from two-thirds of their mosque, which only Jews now can enter. There is also a new bill in the Knesset to ban the Adhan, or Muslim call to prayer.

International laws guarantee freedom of religion worldwide. Even American law mandates the US government must hold accountable foreign governments that “engage in or tolerate ‘particularly severe’ violations of religious freedom.” 

The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) asserts it is time we hold Israel to the same standards as the rest of the world.

TAKE ACTION

1. Attend one of AMP’s upcoming sessions on Al Aqsa and the Judaization of Jerusalem. 

2. Register for AMP’s 7th annual Conference for Palestine in the US: Gaza Teaches Life!, where you will learn how you can help Gaza and Al Aqsa. Register by Sunday for 40% OFF!

3. Join in today’s Social Media campaign and Tweet for Aqsa. Post pictures of yourself with the hashtag #SaveAlAqsa and take to Twitter from 3-4 p.m. CDT to spread the word!

Don't let Israel get away with murder!

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AMP urges supporters to demand justice for American teen Orwah Hammad, killed by IOF

(CHICAGO 10/29/2014) – The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a national education and advocacy organization, is urging its supporters and all those who stand for justice, to call the US State Department and demand an independent investigation into the Israeli Occupation Force’s cold-blooded shooting of American teenager Orwah Hammad on Friday.

OrwahOrwah, 14, was born in New Orleans, where his father still resides, according to media reports. He was shot in the head as he protested increased settler incursions and incitement in East Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa mosque compound. 

The US State Department issued a routine condolence statement, saying it was “closely engaged with local authorities,” who are, in effect, investigating themselves.

Take action by calling the State Department
or emailing your elected officials! 

 

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