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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.

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. 

AMP hails truce in Gaza; vows to continue work to end the occupation

(CHICAGO 08/26/2014) – The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, today welcomes with relief and joy the truce agreement in Gaza that will end Israel’s nearly two-month long assault on 1.8 million Palestinians. Yet, AMP reminds the public that while the border will be open for certain items, Israel’s siege on Gaza and it’s occupation of Palestinians are still in effect.

AMP, Coalition blocks Israeli ship in Los Angeles

zimThe Block the Boat - La Coalition, which includes American Muslims for Palestine, successfully kept an Israeli Zim Haifa vessel from unloading its goods this morning at the Port of Los Angeles.

About 250 activists showed up at the LA port at about 6:30 a.m. and blocked the entrance to Pier A. The Block the Boat - LA Coalition worked in cooperation with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which refused to unload the ship.

Last week, the Block the Boat coaltion in the San Francisco Bay Area prevented an Israeli Zim Haifa ship from unloading for four days at the Port of Oakland. The American Muslims for Palestine is a key organizers in the coalitions.

"This action was a response to the call from the Palestinian General Federation Trade Union (PGFTU), which is asking workers around the world to refuse to handle Israel goods," said Taher Herzallah, AMP national campus coordinator. "This is a BDS action and our success shows that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is growing in this country. It is imperative to keep the momentum going."

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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