(CHICAGO 05/09/2013) – For 65 years, the Palestinian people have suffered at the hands of the Zionist colonizers, who have vigorously carried out ethnic cleansing policies since the United Nations partitionedPalestine in 1947. Those policies include home demolitions, random arrests and detentions, the revocation of Jerusalem residency permits, restrictions of freedom of movement, the apartheid wall and other tactics of institutionalized discrimination.
The American Muslims for Palestine is honoring the victims of the Nakba with commemoration events across the country.
Palestine * Our Dream * Our Identity * Our Future is the theme for a series of lectures, khutbahs, and outdoor heritage celebrations are taking place from the East Coast to the West Coast.
May 15 marks 65 years of al Nakba, the date that symbolizes the beginning of the systematic dispossession of the Palestinian people. But the Nakba is not just one isolated incident that coincides with the birth of the state of Israel; it is actually an ongoing event that began with the United Nations partition ofPalestine in 1947 and continues until today.
Between Nov. 29, 1947, and Jan. 1, 1949, Zionist militants depopulated and destroyed more than 530 Palestinian villages and towns. They killed 13,000 Palestinians and forced 750,000 – about two-thirds of the population - into exile and permanent refugee status. Numbering between 7.5 million and 9 million, depending upon the source, Palestinians today make up the world’s largest and longest-standing refugee group; 40 percent of all refugees are Palestinian. A full 74 percent of the total Palestinian population is refugees.
Since the early 1900s, Zionist leaders have openly stated their plans to transfer Palestinians out ofPalestine, and this is still being carried out today by Israel’s illegal and racist policies that have created an apartheid state and that are consistently denying Palestinians of their basic human and civil rights.
PALESTINIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS
This year, AMP is focusing on the thousands of Palestinian political prisoners who are languishing in Israeli prisons, against international law. Israel continues to use illegal methods of isolation, holding Palestinians without charge or trial, torture, and prohibition of family visits to intimidate and harass prisoners. Several have waged hunger strikes throughout the past year to protest the inhumane conditions under which Palestinian political prisoners exist. As of April 1, 4,900 Palestinians were being held as political prisoners. Of these, 168 are being held in administrative detention (without charge or trial); 236 are children under the age of 16; 14 are duly elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and 14 are women.
Tariq Abuhamdia, the son of Masaya Abuhamdia, who died on April 2 due to medical neglect while in an Israeli prison, will be speaking at AMP’s Nakba events in Chicago, Milwaukee and Minnesota and Sahar Francis, the director of Addameer, Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, will speak in Chicago.
The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) encourages you to become involved in the work being done in the United States to raise awareness about the occupation and the Israeli apartheid state. Together, we can help bring justice and liberty to the Holy Land. Remember: It is Palestine: Our Identity, Our Dream, Our Future.
Take these few simple steps to become part of the solution:
Call the office of Elizabeth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, in the U.S. State Department at 202.647.7209 to demand the United States advance more fair and balanced policies in the Middle East.
State your name, state the city and state where you reside. Be polite but firm.
The fact that Israeli occupation forces deny due process to Palestinians is racist and indicative of an apartheid state.
U.S. support of the Israeli occupation in light of these facts hurts American interests abroad and undermines our status in the Arab and Muslim world. Furthermore, this is in direct contradiction toAmerican and universal values of justice, freedom, equality, and liberty for all.
The US should demand that Israel uphold the basic values of life, liberty and dignity inherent to all human beings.
- You can do more to help the cause. Learn about Palestine by attending one of AMP’s many Al Nakba commemoration events being held throughout the country.
- Join AMP’s email list to receive notifications about news, events and activities.
- Download a copy of AMP’s book, “Al Nakba: Preserving our Narrative.”
- Download AMP’s PowerPoint and show it to your group
- Download AMP's Fact Sheet to learn more.
- Donate to AMP.
- Educate yourself by reading some of the titles on AMP's book list.
Events confirmed in Chicago, San Diego, Delaware and more!