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Soldier’s suspension insufficient 
for killings of two Palestinian teens on Nakba Day

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Israeli Occupation Forces killed in cold blood teens Nadim Nurawa, 17, and Muhammad Abu Thahr, 15, on Nakba Day, May 15, 2014.

Israeli militarly authorities have suspended a non-combat soldier for his role in killing two Palestinian teenagers near Ramallah on Nakba Day, May 15, 2014, according to published media reports

Some say the punishment is insignificant for those who shot dead Muhammad Abu Thahr, 15, and Nadim Nuwara, 17, while they were walking along a road. The shootings took place with no provocation, according to CNN, which caught the murders on video. Nurawa was shot through the chest, while soldiers shot Thahr in the back.

Nurawa was wearing his school backpack when he was shot and the live bullet lodged in a bloody textbook inside, completely refuting Israel’s initial assertion its occupation soldiers used only rubber bullets. At any rate, rubber bullets are not safe and often are misused by soldiers to maximimize injury or to even cause death, according to the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz. Israeli Occupation Forces have killed 21 Palestinians with rubber bullets since September 2000, according to Israeli human rights NGO, B'Tselem.

Criticizing policies of any country is political speech and Israeli policies are no exception

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

tax ad(CHICAGO 05/21/2014) – The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a national education and advocacy organization, today reaffirms its commitment to educate the public about Israeli policies that violate international law and deny Palestinians their basic human rights.

AMP ran a bus ad in Washington DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival that called for an end to US aid to the Israeli occupation. Our educational material supporting the ad discussed how the US made an agreement to give Israel $30 billion over a 10-year period and we quantified it by showing what that money could buy Americans here at home. We also illuminated aspects of Israel’s military occupation and how that occupation violates international law and denies Palestinians basic human rights. This is all political speech, pure and simple.

Media director appointed to CIOGC board

ciogcKristin Szremski, national director of media and communications, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, an umbrella group of more than 60 mosques and Islamic institutions. CIOGC is the unifying force that brings together more than 400,000 Muslim Americans in the greater Chicago region, and now increasingly all of Illinois. “This is a great honor and I look forward to helping to serve our community,” Szremski said. 

AMP response to position paper on Palestine

paperThe American Muslims for Palestine has submitted a paper to the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church, which is seeking divestment again this summer during the General Assembly meeting in June in Detroit. AMP's paper is in response to a misguided position paper created by the Ecumenical Interreligious Working Group of the Presbytery of Chicago. AMP has grave concerns with the position paper as it negates Palestinian heritage in the Holy Land, forwards the Zionist narrative, says Palestinians in the "West Bank and Gaza" are a "security threat" to Israeli citizens and holds Palestinians accountable for their plight without considering the context of the occupation.

AMP submitted this paper to be included in the IPMN's information that will be disseminated to members of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA in June. AMP fully supports IPMN's efforts to have the church divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. 

Read the paper. Learn more about IPMN's divestment efforts.

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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