AMP takes Palestine to Capitol Hill

njKristinVolunteers from several chapters of the American Muslims for Palestine participated in nearly 50 meetings on Capitol Hill on April 13 and 14, 2015.

In addition to meeting with the offices of their elected representatives and senators, AMP also met with the offices from the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees.

Delegates discussed settlements and holding specific Israeli military units accountable for human rights violations against Palestinians. The meetings on Tuesday were scheduled in partnership with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

"This historic event brought Palestine to the halls of Congress. It's a first step in the direction of shaping policies that impact both Americans and Palestinians," said Osama Abuirshaid, AMP policy director.

"Members of Congress are telling us they don't hear from Palestinian Americans, and our first ever Palestine Advocacy Day is our attempt to rememdy that," said AMP Media Director Kristin Szremski, who coordinated the event from AMP's new Washington DC office.

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Preserving our Narrative

(CHICAGO 04/09/2015) – Thursday, April 9, was the 67th year since militant Zionist groups crept into the small Palestinian village of Deir Yassin in 1948 and massacred men, women and children as they slept. Though, this was not the first such massacre since Zionists began colonizing Palestine, and it certainly wasn’t the last, it is the one tragedy that came to symbolize the Nakba.

Deir Yassin was not the first massacre or even the largest that occurred between the Partition of Palestine in November 1947 and the end of the Zionist war in January 1949. But it was the one Zionist Jews used to terrorize the native Palestinians, causing them to flee their homes and their beloved Palestine.

Deir Yassin has come to symbolize the Nakba, or Catastrophe. It represents the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Palestine that is still continuing today. We have refugees from Deir Yassin with us today in our communities throughout the United States. In fact, Palestinians are the largest refugee population in the world, as well as the longest lasting. Nearly 75 percent of Palestinians are refugees and as a group they make up 40 percent of the world’s refugee population. Israel was built on this legacy of bloodshed and murder. In fact, two militant leaders who perpetrated the massacres of Deir Yassin and elsewhere later became prime ministers of Israel – Menachem Begin and Yitzak Shamir. And it continues until today, with the occupation, the siege, the apartheid wall and Israel’s attack last summer on Gaza that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians.

White House must carry through its reassessment of US policies toward Israel

(WASHINGTON DC 03/39/2015) – The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a national education and advocacy organization, welcomes statements by President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who said on March 23 that Israel’s “occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.” AMP is heartened by the rhetoric shift, but at the same time wants to see changes in US foreign policy that would hold Israel accountable for its violations of international and American laws and Palestinian human rights.

AMP demands safe haven for refugees in Syria's Yarmouk Camp


(CHICAGO 04/06/2015) – The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, today expresses concern with the utmost urgency for the Palestinian and Syrian refugees who reside in the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus.

Over the weekend, human rights organizations reported the Syrian regime dropped barrel bombs on the civilian population, which also is impacted by the intense fighting between other armed groups, including ISIL.

“Credible information from public sources indicates that a variety of armed groups engaged in fierce fighting in areas where Yarmouk's 18,000 civilians, including some 3,500 children reside, placing them at extreme risk of death, serious injury, trauma and displacement,” said Chris Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body responsible for Palestinian refugees.

New ad to launch in Chicago Monday




(CHICAGO 03/20/2015) – Just a few weeks from the April 15 deadline to file federal tax returns, the American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization based in Palos Hills, IL, placed electronic billboards asking the provocative question: “Have you declared Israel a dependent on your tax returns?”

The ad, which ran last year in Washington DC and is slated later for Times Square in New York City, says Americans are “sweating April 15 so Israelis don’t have to,” and calls for an end to US aid to the Israeli occupation.

By linking US aid to Israel to the April 15 tax deadline, AMP is hoping to raise awareness of Israel’s military occupation of Palestine, and its total blockade of Gaza, both of which violate the Fourth Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In so doing, Israeli policies supported by US tax money also directly oppose American values of justice, liberty and freedom.

“Our unconditional support of these Israeli policies weakens America’s moral position throughout the world and threatens our own national security,” said Dr. Abu Irshaid, AMP national coordinator. “We are asking Congress and the State Department to withhold US Aid until Israel complies with international law and ends the occupation, lifts the siege on Gaza, allows Palestinian refuges the right to return home and affords Palestinian citizens of Israel equal rights. It is the American thing to do.”

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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