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100+ Groups Join National March for Palestine in Washington, D.C.

100+ Groups Join National March for Palestine in Washington, D.C.

Jun 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 100 organizations today joined the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and activists for the National March for Palestine in Washington, D.C., taking place on Saturday, May 29, from 3 to 8 PM, starting at the Lincoln Memorial and marching to Congress.

The National March for Palestine coincides with mounting international pressure on Israel’s attacks against Palestinian civilians, particularly children, hospitals, homes, schools, and libraries. 

Oussama Jamal of the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) said, “We are calling our community and all peace loving people to March in Washington, DC to send a message that the American people are no longer complicit in war crimes by Israel.” 

A growing cadre of organizers led by Muslim and progressive organizations are uniting in this historic National March for Palestine. At the heels of United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet comments on Thursday that she has seen no evidence that civilian buildings in Gaza hit by Israeli strikes were being used for military purposes.

Dr. Mohsin Ansari, President of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and USCMO Chair said, “In the past three weeks, people from across the world have shown unprecedented solidarity and support for the rights of the Palestinian people. This unwavering support from just individuals across the globe has sent a clear message to the governments of Israel and the United States that the atrocities and the killing of innocent civilians, including children, is absolutely unacceptable.” 

The march is a part of the new national #SanctionIsrael campaign calling on the Biden administration and Congress to sanction Israel and stop giving it billions in U.S. tax dollars and military hardware – like the very same bombs that Israel just used to obliterate entire Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip. 

Nihad Awad, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) National Executive Director said, “We are seeing increasing progress in raising awareness for Congress to better support solutions to protect the legal and human rights of Palestinians. At the same time we have witnessed a continued reluctance in the Biden Administration to hold Israel accountable for its war crimes in Gaza or uphold American values by demanding an end to evictions of Palestinians in Jerusalem.”

Visit Sanction Israel Campaign Website: http://www.sanctionisrael.org   

March Partners include the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, American Muslims for Palestine, Council on American Islamic Relations, Muslim American Society (MAS), ICNA Council for Social Justice, Muslim Ummah of North America, Islamic Leadership Council of New York, and others. Veterans for Peace, United National Antiwar Coalition, Progressive Democrats of America, Our Revolution National, and Honor the Earth, and endorsed along with over 100 organizations. Full list of endorsing organizations is here. List of speakers will be provided in the morning. 

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CONTACT: USCMO Spokesperson, Oussama Jamal, 708-288-1914, ojammal@uscmo.org

USCMO is a coalition of several leading national and local Muslim organizations that seeks to promote effective communication and coordination between all American Muslim organizations and sponsor Muslim civic engagement for the good of the nation.

Founding members of USCMO: American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).

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