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registerThe American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is honored to announce that representatives from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an international organization consisting of 57 member states, will be participating in this year's Conference for Palestine in the US: Rising from the Ashes - Gaza Teaches Life!, from Nov. 27-29, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.

Ambassador Gokcen, of Turkey, has a degree in international relations from Ankara University. He served as a Fellow in the Peace Making and Preventive Diplomacy, UNITAR - International Peace Academy, Oslo, Norway, program in 2007. Ambassador Gokcen also served as the political advisor to the Secretary General of the OIC from 2005-2010, before his current position as Permanent Observer of the OIC to the United Nations.

Dr. Awawdeh holds PhD in Middle Eastern politics from University of Exeter-UK. In 2001, he joined the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as a senior political officer to address the Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Dr. Awawdeh currently serves as the Deputy Permanent Observer of the OIC to the United Nations.

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Al Aqsa under threat and what we can do about it

mfWhile attacks on the Al Aqsa mosque compound are not new, what is new is the frequency of settler incursions and Occupation Forces violence against Palestinians there. Now media are reporting the Knesset will vote next month on a bill that would partition Al Aqsa, prohibiting access to Palestinians in certain areas where Jews will be able to pray. 

Khutbas and lectures taking place in Wheaton, Milwaukee, Bridgeview, Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota. Check back regularly for updates!

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(DCI-Palestine) -- The Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip during July and August 2014 claimed the lives of 501 Palestinian children. Children were killed in their homes as they slept, with their parents as they fled for safety, and in UN shelters where they were told they would be safe. Some, like 3-year-old Ibrahim Omar, sought refuge and medical treatment only to be killed as Israeli forces targeted hospitals where they lay recovering. Up to 1,000 children have been permanently disabled through the loss of limbs, blindness or burn injuries.

Attacks on Al Aqsa compound proof Israel not interested in peace

(CHICAGO 10/13/2014) – The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is outraged that Israeli forces today fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians inside Al Aqsa mosque, disrupting the holy site’s sanctity and safety. The Palestinians were taking refuge from aggressive Israeli settlers, who, with increasing frequency, have been harassing Palestinian worshipers at Islam’s holiest site in Palestine and third holiest place overall.

After dawn prayer today, extreme right settler groups, protected by Israeli soldiers and police, entered the Al Aqsa mosque compound for the second time in less than one week. At the same time, most Palestinian men under 50 and nearly all women were banned from offering prayers in the mosque, in contravention of international law.

Remembering Sabra and Shatila in the context of the Gaza massacre

(SEPT. 16, 2014) -- Today marks one of history’s most tragic commemorations – the 1982 Israeli-backed massacre of thousands of innocent Palestinians in the Lebanese refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila.

As the American Muslims for Palestine marks this event, we also prayerfully think upon the nearly 2,200 Palestinians in Gaza who died in Israel’s incomprehensible attack on Gaza this summer. As images from residential neighborhoods like Shujayea rolled out of Gaza on July 20, 2014, which showed women, children and the elderly lying crumbled in the streets where Israeli forces had gunned them down, it was impossible not to draw parallels to Sabra and Shatila. 

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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