(WASHINGTON DC 03/39/2015) – The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a national education and advocacy organization, welcomes statements by President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who said on March 23 that Israel’s “occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.” AMP is heartened by the rhetoric shift, but at the same time wants to see changes in US foreign policy that would hold Israel accountable for its violations of international and American laws and Palestinian human rights.
(CHICAGO 03/20/2015) – Just a few weeks from the April 15 deadline to file federal tax returns, the American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization based in Palos Hills, IL, placed electronic billboards asking the provocative question: “Have you declared Israel a dependent on your tax returns?”
The ad, which ran last year in Washington DC and is slated later for Times Square in New York City, says Americans are “sweating April 15 so Israelis don’t have to,” and calls for an end to US aid to the Israeli occupation.
By linking US aid to Israel to the April 15 tax deadline, AMP is hoping to raise awareness of Israel’s military occupation of Palestine, and its total blockade of Gaza, both of which violate the Fourth Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In so doing, Israeli policies supported by US tax money also directly oppose American values of justice, liberty and freedom.
“Our unconditional support of these Israeli policies weakens America’s moral position throughout the world and threatens our own national security,” said Dr. Abu Irshaid, AMP national coordinator. “We are asking Congress and the State Department to withhold US Aid until Israel complies with international law and ends the occupation, lifts the siege on Gaza, allows Palestinian refuges the right to return home and affords Palestinian citizens of Israel equal rights. It is the American thing to do.”
(WASHINGTON DC 02/24/2015) – The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 will unveil its latest ad campaign that uses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s breach of protocol to focus on the detrimental impact our ‘friendship’ with Israel has on the United States.
Netanyahu caused controversy when he circumvented the White House and accepted House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. Critics accuse Netanyahu of meddling in US affairs.
This may be the case. Speaking in 2001 about how he could manipulate the United States, Netanyahu was videotaped saying, "I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction.” The video and comments were widely reported on in 2010 in Israeli and American media.
“At a time when the United States is close to a deal with Iran, Mr. Netanyahu is coming to persuade Congress to trade in a peaceful, diplomatic solution for war,” said Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid, AMP national political coordinator.
Plans are quickly coming together for the first ever Muslim Advocacy Day and Palestine Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, April 13-14, 2015. So far, dozens of people have signed on as delegates to participate in two days of ground-breaking work in our nation's capital.
Muslim Advocacy Day is a project of the US Council of Muslim Organizations, of which the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is a member. Issues that will be discussed with legislators and their staff include ending surveillance of Arab and Muslim communities and the Ending Racial Profiling Act.
AMP also is organizing a Palestine Advocacy Day so our delegates can also work for Palestine. Delegates will meet with the offices of their elected officials as well as with some caucuses to advocate for a new resolution on Israeli settlements and other laws that pertain to Palestinian human rights.
"People in Congress have told us they want to hear from Palestinian Americans on these issues and that's why Palestine Advocacy Day is so important," said AMP Media Director Kristin Szremski. "These advocacy days for Muslilms and for Palestine are an important way for our members to engage in the civic process."
Israel groups behind lawsuit against co-op board members
On Friday, December 5, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS), together with Jewish Voice for Peace, the National Lawyers Guild, American Muslims for Palestine and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, through their local Washington State counsel Neil Fox, submitted an Amicus Brief to the Washington Supreme Court asking it to uphold lower court decisions dismissing a lawsuit against Olympia Food Co-op board members for passing a boycott of Israeli goods.
The organizations submitted the Brief in order to illuminate for the Court the evidence suggesting that the intent behind the lawsuit was to thwart an important Boycott Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) victory, and was part and parcel of a coordinated and concerted effort to undermine advocacy for Palestinian rights in the US.