The New Jersey chapter of the American Muslims for Palestine, supported by AMP-Bronx, took the standard for commemorating the Nakba to the stratosphere in New York City's Times Square with an electronic screen bearing the message: Al Nakba: A Moment of Silence for Palestine.
The message was visible to New Yorkers for 30 minutes during the height of rush hour Friday night. More than 250 people from AMP-New Jersey, AMP-Bronx, Al Awda and other groups turned out to pass out AMP's Palestine 101 brochure and to hold a silent rally to commemorate 66 years of dispossession and occupation of the Palestinian people. The New Jersey chapter also placed a billboard with the same message and launched a successful Thunderclap social media campaign with the hashtag #NakbaMSP.
"All of our Nakba events are geared toward educating the public about Palestine and its rich cultural and historical heritage," said AMP Chairman Dr. Hatem Bazian. "What the New Jersey chapter accomplished was extraordinary. And AMP-Chicago's outdoor event not only educates but it helps our youth take pride in their Palestinian and Islamic heritage in the Holy Land."
AMP held events in New Jersey, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee and Minnesota. Another daylong event, which includes two panel discussions, a film screening and Palestine heritage celebration is slated for May 24 at the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Middle East Monitor, a news outlet based in the Great Britain that covers Palestine globally, a Ramallah-based newspaper Al Hayat Al Jadeeda and other local news organizations covered AMP's events.
|An AMP-Chicago volunteer passes out Palestine 101 brochures in downtown Chicago on May 15, 2014, Nakba Day.||Students from Universal School in Bridgeview, IL, take a break during leafleting in downtown Chicago on Nakba Day, May 15, 2014.|
|AMP-Chicago's outdoor Nakba event drew more than 2,000 people on May 17, 2014.||Sheikh Jamal Said, imam and director of the Mosque Foundation addresses the crowd.|
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|AMP-New Jersey volunteers rally in Manhattan on May 16, 2014.||250 people showed up to join the silent rally in New York City's Times Square on May 16, 2014.|
|#NakbaMSP Tshirt.||Girls stand with taped mouths during AMP-New Jersey's rally in Times Square on May 16, 2014.|
|AMP-Milwaukee members conduct a street-side vigil on Nakba Day.||Nakba Day in Milwaukee.|