(CHICAGO 01/22/2014) – The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, thanks its supporters and all who participated in the three-day worldwide social media campaign, demanding an end to the siege on Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which was established to deal with the Palestinian refugee crisis caused by the partition of Palestine in 1947 and the subsequent Zionist war in 1948, called for the campaign, which was backed by celebrities such as Mia Farrow, Hugh Grant and Arab Idol winner Mohamad Assaf, as well as other UN agencies such as Unicef, UNHCR, UNWFP, OCHA and UNRWA. Several international NGOs such as Human Rights Watch as well as domestic grassroots organizations such as AMP supported the effort.
The three-day worldwide social media campaigned generated nearly 32 million impressions and nearly 12 million people participated in the Twitter campaign that applied pressure on those at the Geneva Two Syria Talks. At issue is the Syrian regime’s siege on Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus and the inability to deliver humanitarian aid there and to other civilian areas within Syria.