About AMP

American Muslims for Palestine works to educate, organize, and mobilize the Muslim-American community, as well as allies in other communities, to advance Palestinian rights.

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Educating the American Public About Palestine
Who is AMP?

The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is a national education and grassroots-based organization, dedicated to educating the American public about Palestine and its rich cultural, historical and religious heritage. The organization was founded in 2006 and opened its national offices in Palos Hills, IL in 2009.  

AMP’s mission is accomplished through the creation and dissemination of credible, high-quality educational materials, through community-based programing and engaging with regional and national media. AMP works alone and in broad-based coalitions consisting of faith-based organizations, communities of color and other civil society organizations. Because justice is a tenet running strongly through many faith traditions, AMP works in interfaith coalitions consisting of Jews and Christians as well as other similarly aligned organizations. AMP rejects all forms of racism, bigotry, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. (Read AMP’s anti-racism statement).

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AMP works to educate the American public about justice in Palestine from within American policy context and under human rights and international and American law, primarily the Fourth Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration on the Rights of the Child, the US Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.   AMP calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, an end to Israeli settlement construction and an end to Israel’s siege on Gaza. AMP supports the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions as a peaceful tool to force Israel to comply with international law.

As an American organization, AMP does not take a stance on the final outcome and supports the right of Palestinians who live in the region to decide their own future and the way forward to achieve freedom and dignity. AMP represents the highest American ideals of freedom, dignity and pursuit of happiness for all, and calls for American policy that represents these ideals.  AMP’s work is based on the belief that any solution must be based on the hopes and aspirations of Palestinians living under occupation and diaspora with the unequivocal support for the right of return for those expelled in 1948.

AMP is an independent, non-partisan and unaffiliated organization, governed by a national board of directors and which has chapters across the nation. It is funded solely by private donations in the U.S. resulting from community support through key annual campaigns, such as the annual Palestine Policy Day on Capitol Hill, annual Nakba commemoration events, public lectures, workshops and seminars at Islamic and other organizational conferences; supporting campus activism as well as working in broad-based coalitions focused on BDS and key legislation. Additionally, each year AMP’s annual educational conference is the largest gathering for Palestine in the United States.

AMP is headquartered in Palos Hills, IL and has an office in Washington DC, where staff conduct educational outreach on Capitol Hill, national coalition building and engage with members of the national media. AMP has chapters in Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California.

AMP’s position on any given set of issues are present in official communiqués coming from the national office in the forms of press releases, action alerts, statements and educational emails, as well as from our designated speakers, which include our national leadership and authorized staff, when they are speaking in the capacity of AMP. AMP is a nonprofit organization. Its fiscal sponsor is AJP Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.  

Our Mission

The mission of the American Muslims for Palestine is to educate the public about the just cause of Palestine and the rights of self-determination, liberty and justice. Through providing information, training and networking with like-minded individuals and organizations that support peace, AMP will raise awareness of the issues pertaining to Palestine and its rich cultural heritage.

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Our Team

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Dr. Osama Abuirshaid

Executive Director
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Taher Herzallah

Associate Director of Outreach & Grassroots Organizing
Shakeel Sayed

Shakeel Sayed

West Coast Director

2021 Annual Plan

As-salāmu ʿalaykum. Fourteen years ago, we founded American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) as a small, all-volunteer organization to begin the important work of educating, organizing, and mobilizing the Muslim community in the United States to advocate for Palestinian rights. 

FAQs

What is AMP?
The American Muslims for Palestine is all about educating people about Palestine, its rich cultural and historical heritage and about how the people of Palestine have been living under occupation for decades. We do this for two reasons. First, we want to put a human face on Palestinians so people will come to see we are all alike, with the same hopes, dreams and aspirations.

Second, we believe once Americans know the truth that their tax dollars support the longest-lasting and the last military occupation in modern history they won’t stand for it and will demand that Congress change our foreign policy in the Middle East to one that is more balanced and just for everyone living in the Holy Land.

The official positions of AMP are present in official communiqués coming from the national office in the forms of press releases, action alerts, statements and educational emails, as well as from our designated speakers, which include our national leadership and authorized staff, when they are speaking in the capacity of AMP.
When was AMP formed?
AMP was formed in 2006 by a group of dedicated individuals intent on educating Americans about Palestine. AMP was a strictly volunteer organization until April 2009, when we opened our national office in Palos Heights, IL. We have grown from a volunteer organization to a national organization with several staff and over a dozen chapters in several states.
What is AMP’s mission?
The mission of the American Muslims for Palestine is to educate the public about the just cause of Palestine and the rights of self-determination, liberty and justice. Through providing information, training and networking with like-minded individuals and organizations that support peace, AMP will raise awareness of the issues pertaining to Palestine and its rich cultural heritage.
What does AMP do?
AMP educates the public and the media by holding educational events, such as lectures, workshops and trainings. We also publish high-quality educational materials, which we distribute for free to politicians, journalists, students and the public at large. We also work in broad-based coalitions and support campus activism through Students for Justice in Palestine and Muslim Student Associations.
Who funds AMP?
AMP is a strictly an American organization, which is funded by donations made entirely within the United States. We hold a variety of public fundraisers throughout the year.