Take action to save Al Aqsa
The American Muslims for Palestine, a national, education organization, is alarmed by the recent developments at the Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Israeli authorities closed the mosque for Friday prayers last week. When it reopened, worshipers were greeted with metal detectors and checkpoints outside the mosque's gates.
Israel is using the current situation in Jerusalem as a pretext to implement long-standing plans to divide Al Aqsa mosque like they did to the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron. This new move violates international law, restricts freedom of religion and violates the internationally agreed upon status quo of the Al Aqsa compound.
We cannot allow these new punitive restrictions to become normal. Palestinians are protesting the metal detectors by refusing to enter the compound, praying instead outside.
There are several things you can do:
1. Call your members of Congress. Find their phone numbers at www.govtrack.us.
Ask them to call Todd Holmstron, the director of the State Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs to ask him to pressure Israel to remove the metal detectors and checkpoints and to allow Palestinians access to Al Aqsa.
Holmstrom’s contact number: 202.647.3671.