(CHICAGO 10/13/2014) – The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is outraged that Israeli forces today fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians inside Al Aqsa mosque, disrupting the holy site’s sanctity and safety. The Palestinians were taking refuge from aggressive Israeli settlers, who, with increasing frequency, have been harassing Palestinian worshipers at Islam’s holiest site in Palestine and third holiest place overall.
After dawn prayer today, extreme right settler groups, protected by Israeli soldiers and police, entered the Al Aqsa mosque compound for the second time in less than one week. At the same time, most Palestinian men under 50 and nearly all women were banned from offering prayers in the mosque, in contravention of international law.
(SEPT. 16, 2014) -- Today marks one of history’s most tragic commemorations – the 1982 Israeli-backed massacre of thousands of innocent Palestinians in the Lebanese refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila.
As the American Muslims for Palestine marks this event, we also prayerfully think upon the nearly 2,200 Palestinians in Gaza who died in Israel’s incomprehensible attack on Gaza this summer. As images from residential neighborhoods like Shujayea rolled out of Gaza on July 20, 2014, which showed women, children and the elderly lying crumbled in the streets where Israeli forces had gunned them down, it was impossible not to draw parallels to Sabra and Shatila.
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(DCI-Palestine) -- The Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip during July and August 2014 claimed the lives of 501 Palestinian children. Children were killed in their homes as they slept, with their parents as they fled for safety, and in UN shelters where they were told they would be safe. Some, like 3-year-old Ibrahim Omar, sought refuge and medical treatment only to be killed as Israeli forces targeted hospitals where they lay recovering. Up to 1,000 children have been permanently disabled through the loss of limbs, blindness or burn injuries.
These deaths, injuries, and ruined lives were not collateral damage. They were preventable. In August, a UN Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate war crimes during the conflict and hold war criminals accountable, but the US voted against it - it was the only country to do so - and the UK abstained from the vote. We need your help to show our representatives that we support the investigation.
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