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Statement by American Muslim Organizations: End Israeli Aggression and Occupation, Uphold American Principles

by please sign the petition Sunday, Aug. 03, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Muslim Organizations and Individuals Statement by American Muslim Organizations: End Israeli Aggression and Occupation, Uphold American principle

Muslim Organizations and Individuals

Statement by American Muslim Organizations: End Israeli Aggression and Occupation, Uphold American principles

August 2, 2014

The Israeli aggression against the civilian population of Gaza has surpassed all levels of brutality and cruelty. For over three weeks, the Israeli government has unleashed a violent campaign that has so far resulted in more than 1600 deaths (including more than 400 children, 300 women and dozens of elderly people), and more than 9,000 wounded (over 2500 children and 1600 women). No building, however sacred, was spared: more than 8,500 homes, 76 mosques, 2 churches, and 25 hospitals and health clinics were destroyed. Ambulances, doctors, nurses and paramedics, schools, universities, UN buildings, libraries, shelters, food markets, playgrounds, graveyards were also bombed, in addition to 152 educational facilities.

According to Israeli authorities 95 percent of the sixty declared Israeli fatalities are military, while according to the UN about three-quarters of Palestinian casualties are civilians. Consequently, top UN officials and human rights groups have conducted investigation and accused Israel of “war crimes,” and even called for the UN to impose an arms embargo against Israel.

Therefore, we, as American Muslim organizations, academics, Imams, community leaders and activists, affirm our unequivocal support for Palestinian rights to freedom and dignity while forcefully condemning the illegal and oppressive occupation structure.

In short, we call for:

1) An immediate end to Israeli aggression and occupation: This distressing fact must be central to all efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The unceasing violence against the Palestinian people that has taken place for decades must end immediately. It should include the end of the siege and blockade of Gaza, the opening of all border crossings, and the release of thousands of political prisoners in Israeli prisons. The world, as contracting parties to the 4th Geneva Convention of 1949, must take responsibility and provide protection and security to the defenseless Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation and control.

2) Stop Sending US Tax Dollars To Israel: We call on our government and Congress to stop punishing Palestinians and to act in America’s best interest by upholding the UN Charter, the Fourth Geneva Convention and our cherished ideals of supporting freedom and self-determination. An Israel that continues to occupy millions of human beings and apply Apartheid-like policies to control them should be rejected and ostracized. We demand that our tax dollars not be used in perpetrating the occupation and suffering of Palestinians. In America it is illegal to fund institutions that practice racial, ethnic or religious exclusions, which is precisely what Israel praxis in every aspect of its discriminatory approach to the Palestinians. Funding racism and Apartheid is un-American and we call for an end to it.

3) Support the BDS Campaign to end occupation: The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is one non-violent tactic that was employed successfully during the South African freedom struggle. We believe that as BDS continues to successfully grow worldwide, a similar, peaceful outcome in the Middle East conflict will result. We call on all justice-seeking, freedom-caring and peace-loving people across the US and around the world to join the BDS campaign until the occupation ends and Palestinian rights are restored.

4) We affirm the UN Charter, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the 4th Geneva Convention, which collectively once enforced would provide protection for the Occupied Palestinians. Furthermore, we affirm the right of the Palestinians to defend themselves in the face of continued occupation, expansion of settlements and land expropriation.

We call for the dozens of UN resolutions, which for decades, have called for the restoration of Palestinian rights, and which have been ignored by Israel and its supporters, to be implemented. This includes ending Israel's occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem; dismantling all Israeli settlements within the 1967 areas; and resolving the Palestinian refugee problem in accordance with the principle of the right of return enshrined in UN resolution 194.

The American Muslim community, through its national organizations and community leaders, call for a worldwide education and mobilization campaign to achieve these objectives. We call on all organizations and community members to join the dozens of demonstrations across the country in support of the Palestinian struggle. We urge all to speak out and be heard. We further urge them to participate politically and translate their anger and frustration at the one sided support for Israel into votes across the country at the ballot boxes come November 4th, 2014. Our votes are and grassroots power will be mobilized for Palestine, justice, and human and economic rights, both domestically and across the globe in November. We do believe that a different world is possible but it can only come about through knowledge and actions manifesting the highest ethical ideals. We urge the community to continue calling the White House, congressional representatives and Senators demanding a change in our government policy and supporting Palestinians aspiration for an end to the Occupation, and for freedom and dignity.

In his farewell address, George Washington warned his fellow citizens against the “passionate attachment of one nation for another” because it “produces a variety of evils,” and that such sympathy would be “facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists.” As responsible members of society we call upon our fellow citizens and national leaders to uphold the principles upon which America was established more than two centuries ago: self-determination, freedom, justice, equality, and respect for the rule of law.

Signatures

A. Organizations

1. American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

2. American Muslim Alliance (AMA)

3. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

4. Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)

5. Muslim American Society (MAS)

6. Northern California Islamic Council (NCIC)

7. Pakistan American Democratic Forum (PADF)

8. Peace Thru Justice Foundation (PTJF)

9. Muslim Voters of America (MVA)

10. Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)

11. Lamppost Productions

12. Sahaba Initiative

13. Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project

14. Institute of American Muslim Youth

15. Palestinian American Society (PAS)

B. Individuals

1. Dr. Sami Al-Arian

2. Dr. Hatem Bazian

3. Dr. Agha Saeed

4. Professor Tariq Ramadan

5. Professor John L Esposito

6. Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl

7. Professor Sahar Aziz

8. Professor Haider A. Khan

9. Anwar N. Haddam

10. Rahman Khan

11. Ramzy Baroud

12. Ustadh Abdullah Ali

13. Mansour Ansari

14. Professor Atif Kubursi

15. Aisha Siddiqui

16. Abe Abed

17. Arbazz MJ

18. Nader Abuljebain

19. Hamzah Alhadi

20. Paula Thompson

21. Dr. Emad Hamdeh

22. Laura Kirchner

23. Omar Rehmane

24. Waleed Osman

25. Danish Farooq

26. Dr. Trish Kanous

27. Rafat Ali

28. Khalid Alaoui Belghiti

29. İpek Coşkun

30. Lubaaba Al-Azami

31. Muhammad Shahedul Haque

32. Jessica Elizabeth Peters

33. Luis Marnet

34. Noshaba Bhatti

35. Shayan Hussain

36. Vernon Humphrey

37. Hanan Rasheed

38. Kalim Aadan

39. Qadri Abdallah

40. Rubina Hussain

41. Mohsin Bajwa

42. Dr. Muhammad Hussain

43.Abdulmumin Mohammed

44. Rania Shah

45. Amal Awad

46. Aisha Rahman

47. Wajahat Razzaq

48. Abida Hussain

49. Sefer Soydar

50. Nishat Hussain

51. Abdul-Malik Ryan

52. Afraz Haide

53. Eid Masri

54. Hisham Mohammad

55. Ramina Habib

56. Wael Hakmeh

57. Mohammad Ansari

58. Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi

59. R. David Coolidge

60. Gretchen Engelson

61. Omer Awass

62. Rida Fatima

63. Rachelle Fawcett

64. Abdelraouf Ismail

65. Monadel Herzallah

66. Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik

67. Osama Ahmad

68. Beth Lupe

69. Professor Johnathan Brown

70. Professor Omid Safi

71. Azhar Dalal

72. Salwa Abed

73. Ibrahim Aoude

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