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Press Conference to Discuss New Israeli Apartheid Ad on Metro North Line

While Israel denies its policies constitute apartheid, one who knows the colonial, racist policies best, Desmond Tutu, recognizes Israel as an apartheid state.

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(NEW YORK) - The American Muslims for Palestine, a national grassroots organization educating the public about Palestine and its rich cultural and historical heritage, today announced the launch on March 25 of its new nationwide outdoor advertising campaign, calling for an end to Israeli apartheid and to unconditional American aid for Israel. The ads, which will appear at 25 stations on the New York City Transit Authority’s Metro North line, will run for four weeks before moving to another metropolitan area elsewhere in the nation.

WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE
WHEN: 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26
WHERE: Metro North Harlem-125th Station, 100 E. 125th St. at Park Ave., New York 9 (Event will take place on street level, not on the platform)
WHO: American Muslims for Palestine
WHY: To raise awareness about Israel's apartheid policies and how US aid supports it
SPEAKERS: Dr. Hatem Bazian, AMP national chairman; Raja Abulhaq, AMP-New York president and other solidarity partners

 

“We timed the release of our ads with President Obama’s visit to the Middle East to underscore his administration’s failure to address the true cause of conflict: Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands and its racist apartheid policies, which subject Palestinians on a daily basis to humiliation, deprivation and a loss of their basic rights, including the freedom of movement,” said Dr. Hatem Bazian, AMP chairman.

While Israel denies its policies constitute apartheid, one who knows the colonial, racist policies best, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, recognizes Israel as an apartheid state.


 
AMP’s ad quotes Tutu asserting, “I’ve been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa.”

A study by the South African Human Science Research Council in 2009 used several international laws such as the Hague Regulations of 1907, the Fourth Geneva Conventions of 1949, the Law of Armed Conflict and the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination of 1965 to prove its case comparing apartheid in South Africa and Israel. Among similar tactics used by both regimes are the use of murder, indefinite detentions without charge, torture, extrajudicial killings and the murder of children, the study found. The report also underscored how Palestinians are governed by a network of military orders and are subject to a military court system while Jews are under the jurisdiction of civilian laws and court system.

Visiting Herzl's grave
President Obama told a group of American Jewish  leaders in a private meeting on March 7 that prospects for peace are bleak, according to published reports. And instead of working to shift US foreign policy to one that is more fair and balanced for everyone living in the Middle East, Mr. Obama chose instead to visit the gravesite of Theodore Herzl, the founder of political Zionism. It’s a message of dispossession and discrimination not lost on Palestinians.

Each year, the US gives Israel more than $3 billion in unconditional military aid. Even with this year’s sequestration cut, Israel will receive that amount and more, when all grants, loan guarantees and other aid are taken into account. AMP asserts that our financial support, as well as our unconditional political and diplomatic support of Israel, in light of its continued and flagrant violations of international law, weaken America’s position throughout the international community and hurts our national interests.

Apartheid runs counter to every principle Americans hold dear. Israel’s military occupation violates the values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enshrined in our own Declaration of Independence.

Therefore, AMP is calling on President Obama and Congress to end US aid to Israel, which only enables and supports Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies against oppressed Palestinians.

The American Muslims for Palestine is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to educate the American public about issues related to Palestine and its rich cultural and historical heritage. For more information, go to www.ampalestine.org.

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Anonymous March 22, 2013 1:12 pm (Pacific time)

"'Most Palestinians hate Obama'; US president gets heated reception in West Bank" ...Hassan Mousa, 47, whose export business was forced to close due to the presidential visit, had no interest in hearing what Mr Obama had to say. "It's crazy this visit. All our business shut down for a whole day and for what? He may be the head of the most important country in the world but he is doing nothing for us as Palestinians," Mr Mousa said. "He is a man who offered a lot but has delivered nothing." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/9946857/Most-Palestinians-hate-Obama-US-president-gets-heated-reception-in-West- Bank.html

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