Act Now to Demand End to Israel's Collective Punishment of Palestinian People!

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petitionSince Israel’s ramped up aggression in the Gaza Strip began Monday, Israeli Occupation Forces have killed at least 51 Palestinians, including several children and women, and wounded more than 450, as of this writing. But, unfortunately, the number of fatalities and injuries are changing minute by minute.

rallyThe ramped up assault comes after two weeks of deadly incursions into the West Bank that resulted in the arrests of more than 500 Palestinians, including dozens of children, home demolitions, thousands of raids and the arrests of more than 100 Palestinian citizens of Israel. During its incursion into the West Bank that began on June 12, Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians and Israeli settlers killed four — including 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Kdheir, who was burned alive. In addition, American high school student Tarek Abu Khdeir, Mohammed’s cousin, was arrested as he was waiting for dawn prayer, brutally beaten, detained and denied medical treatment. After global pressure, including the intense social media campaign #StandUpforTariq launched by AMP, Tarek was released to house arrest - even though he was not charged with any crime.

All of these actions amount to collective punishment, which is forbidden by international law. The United State’s unconditional support of Israel hurts our standing in the Arab and Muslim world. US support for Israel threatens our national security.

Please sign the petition asking President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and members of Congress to hold Israel accountable for its international law violations and collective punishment of the Palestinian people.

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(CHICAGO 07/08/2014) – While President Barack Obama attends the so-called Conference on Peace in Tel Aviv and publishes an op-ed in an Israeli newspaper calling on Palestinians to commit to “non-violence,” Israel has launched “Operation Protective Edge” against the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip.

The American Muslims for Palestine, a national advocacy and education organization, decries the double standards and demands that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry pressure Israel to end its violence against and collective punishment of the Palestinian people. 

Muslim coalition thanks Presbyterian Church for divestment vote

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A coalition of national and local Chicago-area Islamic institutions, led by the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), today sent a letter of gratitude and support to leading members of the Presbyterian Church(USA) in response to the 221st General Assembly’s vote to divest from three companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Thank you for your help in securing Tarek's release!

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(CHICAGO 07/06/2014) – American high school student Tarek Abu Khdeir is free! The American Muslims for Palestine today welcomes the news that Israeli authorities released Tarek without charge. 

Tarek’s release is proof that mobilization and activism works. 

AMP thanks its supporters and all those who came together to demand Tarek’s release. AMP’s emergency Twitter campaign #StandUpforTariq, which targeted Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama, reached more than 800,000 accounts with more than 2 million impressions. That means that thousands of Tweets demanding Tarek’s release reached the accounts of Kerry, Obama, the White House and the State Department.

AMP is certain this action was part of the global pressure that was instrumental in getting the State Department to take action and secure Tarek’s freedom. 

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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