American Muslims for Palestine is a grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the movement for justice in Palestine by educating the American public about Palestine and its rich cultural, historical and religious heritage and through grassroots mobilization and advocacy. AMP’s fiscal sponsor is AJP Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Founded in 2006, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) began as a community organization designed to fill a void in the work for Palestine among the Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim American communities. Over the years, AMP has transformed into a major national organization and a leading voice in the Palestine solidarity movement. Within the policy domain, AMP is engaged in vigorous advocacy for Palestinian rights, effectively reshaping the discourse on Palestine in the U.S.
With 10 chapters from coast to coast and supporters across the country, AMP has built a large and robust grassroots community. AMP organizes events, seminars, and festivals to educate about the history, culture, and freedom struggle of the Palestinian people.
Here are AMP's main areas of work:
Educating Americans about Palestine is the cornerstone of our work. Over the past 15+ years, we’ve strived to fulfill our mission of empowerment through education and action. It is AMP’s belief that when people are equipped with accurate information and understanding of the plight of Palestine and Palestinians, they will take action and mobilize to change policy. With workshops, seminars, training, and book clubs across the country, AMP staff and chapters have led on the educational front on and off-campus, in places of worship, on social media, and in the public square.
Each year, our educational efforts are capped off with AMP’s National Annual Palestine Convention held during Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago, IL. AMP’s Annual Convention continues to be the largest gathering for Palestine in the US, bringing together over 5,000 supporters of Palestine from across the country.
Since AMP established its headquarters in DC in 2015, political advocacy has become a central feature of our work. We’ve excelled in energizing Americans to advocate for crucial policy change for Palestine. The past six years of advocacy work gave us the experience and tools to impact the tumultuous landscape of DC politics in a pivotal year for the Palestinian people.
In August 2021, AMP officially launched an affiliated organization, Americans for Justice in Palestine Action (AJP Action). AJP Action fiercely and unapologetically lobbies for Palestinian rights. As a new 501(c)(4) organization, AJP Action will work in a boundless capacity to oppose legislation and policy that furthers Israeli oppression and to support legislation and policy that upholds and advances Palestinian rights.
AMP has established itself as the premier voice on Palestine in the US, consistently expanding its organizing capacity, and most importantly, building an empowered grassroots community.
In 2021, we saw our collective efforts come to fruition: Hundreds of thousands took to the streets around the world; countless prominent social media accounts were transformed to bring awareness to Palestine; elected officials scrambled to respond to the immense pressure they faced, and corporations were forced to meet their employees’ demands for justice for Palestine.
The mission of the American Muslims for Palestine is to educate the public about the just cause of Palestine and Palestinian rights and advocate for self-determination, justice, and liberation. Through providing information, training, and networking with like-minded individuals and organizations that support justice, AMP raises awareness on the issues pertaining to Palestine and its rich cultural heritage and advocates for justice and liberation for the Palestinian people.
Dr. Osama Abuirshaid
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.