Historic Palestine, roughly the size of Massachusetts, covers an area of about 10,425 square miles,1 from the Jordan River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. From modern Ramallah to ancient Jericho, from Gaza’s seashore to the Naqab, the blood, toil, sweat and tears of Palestine’s ancestors are still warmly felt, in the faith and food, in the architecture and the culture of the Holy Land today.
What Is Apartheid? Apartheid \ ə-pärt’hīt’, -hāt’\ n. A policy of segregation and social and economic discrimination by one group over another group. Separation. [Afrikaans : Dutch apart, separate (from French à part, apart; see apart) + Dutch -heid, -hood.] Apartheid is a Dutch Afrikaaner word that describes the institutionalized racist and segregated system that existed in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. Under Apartheid, a system of legalized racial segregation and discrimination existed where the minority white population, which held all legal, political and administrative power,...
In the late 1800s a small, fanatic movement called “political Zionism” began in Europe. Its goal was to create a Jewish state somewhere in the world. Its leaders settled on the ancient and long-inhabited land of Palestine for the location of this state. Palestine’s population at this time was approximately 96 percent non-Jewish (primarily Muslim and Christian).
Defying occupation, poverty and rampant fear of Israeli violence, Palestinians have a 99 percent literacy rate, the highest in the Arab world. But getting educated comes at a cost for students and their teachers who must contend with more than 1,100 Israeli Military Orders that regulate everything from curfews to what can and cannot be studied in school. They face random school closures, harassment by Israeli residents of illegal colonial settlements and by IDF soldiers at checkpoints on the roadways and at the Apartheid Wall. Teachers report massive vandalism at the hands of IDF troops,...
The American Muslims for Palestine’s mission is to educate the public about the just cause of Palestine and the rights of self-determination, liberty and justice. Through providing factual information, training and networking with like-minded, peace-loving organizations and individuals, AMP will raise awareness of the issues pertaining to Palestine and its rich cultural heritage.
Long before 9/11, a group of pro-Israel advocates began sounding the alarm about the rise of ‘Islamists’ in the United States. Perhaps, had the attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon not occurred on September 11, 2001, this fringe element of the blogosphere would have remained just that – a group of malcontents hovering just outside the realm of public discourse.