AMP strongly refutes The Daily Beast allegations

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.

In his remarks Friday morning during a session titled, “Do occupied people have the right to resist their occupation?” AMP Vice Chairman Munjed Ahmad advised the audience how to lawfully advocate for Palestinian human rights in the United States.

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.

PSLS and allies, including AMP, file legal brief in support of Olympia Food Co-op

Israel groups behind lawsuit against co-op board members

On Friday, December 5, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS), together with Jewish Voice for Peace, the National Lawyers Guild, American Muslims for Palestine and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, through their local Washington State counsel Neil Fox, submitted an Amicus Brief to the Washington Supreme Court asking it to uphold lower court decisions dismissing a lawsuit against Olympia Food Co-op board members for passing a boycott of Israeli goods.

The organizations submitted the Brief in order to illuminate for the Court the evidence suggesting that the intent behind the lawsuit was to thwart an important Boycott Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) victory, and was part and parcel of a coordinated and concerted effort to undermine advocacy for Palestinian rights in the US.

PETITION: As Secretary of State John Kerry to hold Israel to same religious freedom standards

The violence and tension in Jerusalem have hit a breaking point. Commenters and politicians would have us believe it’s an intractable conflict between religious extremists, but a look behind the headlines makes it clear the violence is a matter of politics not faith, of land not God, of resources not ideologies. It’s about injustice, not religion. 

As Muslims, Christians, and Jews, we stand together against the Israeli policies that have brought Jerusalem to the brink. Join us in telling Secretary of State John Kerry that peace will only come to a Jerusalem where all people are free and equal. Please sign the petition!

We have been watching what is taking place in Jerusalem with increasing grief and concern. The tragic murders of Jews at prayer, the shooting of a 10-year-old boy on the Gaza border and the possible lynching of a Palestinian Jerusalemite have occurred in the context of an expanding system of Israeli control and oppression.  All this is on top of the failure of the faulty Kerry “peace “ plan, constant land confiscation, and the  Israeli assault on Gaza this summer. 

On International Human Rights Day, Israel kills Palestinian minister

abu einAs Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein, 55, marked International Human Rights Day by planting olive trees near Turmsayya, Israeli Occupation Forces deliberately deprived him of his right to life, enshrined in Article 3 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. 

The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, today condemns the attack on Abu Ein and calls upon the US State Department to hold Israel accountable for this most egregious abuse of human rights. 

Israel’s killing of Abu Ein is another proof, in a never-ending line of evidence, that Israel does not want peace and that it’s racist, apartheid occupation policies are deadly for Palestinians. 

Gaza Teaches Life imparts lessons of courage and steadfastness

 

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Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, Sheikh Abdelfattah Mourou from Tunisia, Al Jazeera anchorwoman Ghada Oueiss and Palestinian-Israeli Knesset member Dr. Ahmad Tibi received enthusiastic applause following each of their speeches during the first night of the 7th annual American Muslims for Palestine’s Conference for Palestine in the US: Gaza Teaches Life at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Thursday.

All four speakers touched the hearts of the audience in the packed ballroom as they discussed their personal experiences in Palestine and what they are doing to help the Palestinian people gain their freedom from Israel’s occupation.

Sheikh Mourou, who was removed from his plane in Tunisia Wednesday and nearly prohibited from entering the United States to attend the conference, took the stage a few hours after landing in Chicago. He was the first of the four to speak and he told the attendees about miracles from the time of the prophets and said that the Palestinians of Gaza not giving up on their freedom in the face of oppression is an extension of a miracle.

Empowerment Through Education and Action

The American Muslims for Palestine firmly believes that educating the American public is key to bringing about change in the Middle East. Because once Americans know what is truly happening on the ground in Palestine, they will no longer allow their tax dollars to be used to support Israel's military occupation of Palestine, the world's last and longest-lasting occupation. We are all empowered to act for justice when we know the truth.

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