Overcoming the Six-Day War with BDS

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(CHICAGO 06/05/2014) -- Thursday, June 5, marked the 47th year since Israel launched its Six Day War of aggression, occupying what was left of historic Palestine. During that fateful period from June 5 to 12, 1967, Jerusalem came under attack and Al Aqsa was threatened with obliteration.
 
The Six Day War, when Israel displaced an additional 350,000 Palestinians from their homes, was not the end of the Zionist enterprise. It is still continuing today.
 
Consider these statistics: Since 1967, Israel has:

  • Demolished 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures
  • Incarcerated nearly 800,000 Palestinians as political prisoners – 40 percent of the male population.
  • Erected the Apartheid Wall and more than 600 checkpoints and closures, prohibiting freedom of movement for Palestinians 

 

Choose Occupation-Free Dates this Ramadan!

Did you know Israel exports more than half the world's Medjool dates? And that Israeli date imports in the US are valued at $51 million per year, according to the USDA? Almost all dates grown in the Jordan Valley are grown in Israeli settlements grown on stolen Palestinian land. Profits from those dates support the settlement industry, while Palestinians are forced by harsh economic conditions created by the occupation to work on these date farms for substandard wages and in hazardous conditions? This Ramadan, choose occupation-free dates. Buy American! Boycott Israeli dates for the sake of our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

Boycott Jordan River, Jordan River Bio-Tops, King Solomon and any brands marketed by Hadiklaim! Purchase California dates instead. Two brands to try are Medjooldates.com and Oasisdate.com. 

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Read more about Hadilklaim, settlements
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Read "Dates of Infamy,"
about exploitation of Palestinian workers on date farms
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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.

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Spread the boycott to hundreds of thousands!

Please sign our Thunderclap campaign. If we reach 250 supporters by June 10, hundreds of thousands of people potentially will see our message asking them to boycott Israeli dates. 

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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. 

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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