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(WASHINGTON DC 02/24/2015) – The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 will unveil its latest ad campaign that uses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s breach of protocol to focus on the detrimental impact our ‘friendship’ with Israel has on the United States.

Netanyahu caused controversy when he circumvented the White House and accepted House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. Critics accuse Netanyahu of meddling in US affairs.

This may be the case. Speaking in 2001 about how he could manipulate the United States, Netanyahu was videotaped saying, "I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction.” The video and comments were widely reported on in 2010 in Israeli and American media.

“At a time when the United States is close to a deal with Iran, Mr. Netanyahu is coming to persuade Congress to trade in a peaceful, diplomatic solution for war,” said Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid, AMP national political coordinator.

AMP’s ad also calls for an end to US aid to Israel, which props up policies that contravene international law, deprive Palestinians of their human and civil rights, that thwart peace in the Middle East and threaten American national security.

The ad, which will run on buses along Capitol Hill, downtown DC and the Cherry Festival route, is the third campaign AMP has launched in the nation’s capitol. Another multi-city national campaign is due out in late March.

AMP offers condolences to families of slain young Muslims

youths(WASHINGTON DC 02/11/2015) -- The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) a national education and advocacy organization, sends our deepest condolences to the families and community of the three young Muslims who were shot execution style in a horrific, possibly religiously motivated crime on Tuesday in Chapel Hill, NC.  

Deah Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were all shot once in the head by a self-described atheist, whose facebook page called for all religions to ‘go away’ and that contained pictures of his fully loaded .38-caliber handgun. 

The two young women wore the Islamic headscarf, or hijab, identifying them as adherents of Islam. Deah and Yusor were married in December. He received a degree in business administration from North Carolina State University in 2013 and was a second-year dental student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Yusor graduated from North Carolina State with a degree in biological sciences and was preparing to enter dental school at Chapel Hill. The couple had raised funds to provide free dental care to students in Turkey and had planned on traveling overseas next summer to treat children, who are refuges of the Syrian civil war, according to media reports.  Razan was a sophomore at North Carolina State University, majoring in design. 

AMP announces first ever Capitol Hill Muslim Advocacy Day

The American Muslims for Palestine, as part of the US Council of Muslim Organizations, today announces the first ever Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, set to take place April 13, 2015.

Expected to draw hundreds of Muslim delegates from across the nation, this one-day event is open to representatives of all national, state and local Muslim organizations and communities.

The program is designed to connect the delegates with members of the House of Representatives and Senate. Advocacy Day issues will focus on issues important to American Muslims.

Tell Congress to #SkipTheSpeech

skip the speechThe American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) has joined RootsAction, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace and Code Pink in calling on members of Congress to #SkipTheSpeech of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu next month.

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The US Campaign reports: Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to delay the speech.

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.

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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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