According to its publicity material, the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) held a virtual conference from November 27-November 29 titled “Against All Odds: Palestine Beyond 2020.” The AMP described the conference as follows:
This year’s theme is Against All Odds: Palestine Beyond 2020. The Palestinian people and cause will survive 2020. Despite the major setbacks we’ve faced this year due to more potential formal annexation, Arab normalization, the Trump administration’s policies, the coronavirus pandemic, Israel’s murders of Palestinians in cold blood at checkpoints, massive home demolitions in Jerusalem, and ongoing suffocating siege of Gaza, Palestine will rise against all odds. I know it’s hard to imagine now, but it will happen. Palestine will prevail AGAINST ALL ODDS. Our nine sessions over three days will focus on the tremendous work of Palestinians in the diaspora and on the ground who continue working for this just and noble cause. The sessions will feature speakers from around the country and globally, who’ve committed themselves to different facets of this work from Black-Palestinian solidarity to analyzing the impact of the US presidential election on Palestine. This is surely going to be our most dynamic program yet!
The convention program indicates the participation of three US Congresswomen and one state representative:
- Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib: Serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district
- Congresswoman Ilhan Omar: Serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district
- Congresswoman Betty McCollum – Representing Minnesota’s Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives
- Iman Jodeh: Representative-Elect for House District 41 in Colorado, first Muslim and Arab woman elected to the Colorado State Legislature
The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported in October that Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was one of the speakers at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. That conference featured Democratic leaders and Biden campaign officials together with important leaders in the USMB.
The GIOR reported in July that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was one of the participants in a virtual conference that also include then Presidential hopeful Joe Biden and two important leaders of the USMB.
Other individuals of interest participating in the AMP conference included:
- Wadah Khanfar: President of Al Sharq Forum, former Director-General of Al Jazeera Media Network
- Dr. Hatem Bazian: Chairman of American Muslims for Palestine, Professor at UC Berkeley
- Dr. Osama Abuirshaid: Executive Director and a board member of American Muslims for Palestine
According to his autobiography, Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his academic work, he is also a weekly columnist for the Daily Sabah newspaper, a Turkish pro-government publication, and a board member of the Muslim Legal Fund of America, tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in the US. Video from an April 2004 antiwar-rally shows Hatem Bazian calling for an “Intifada” in the US. More videos from the same conference show Bazian talking about the “Arabs who are coming to help” in Iraq. Dr. Bazian later claimed that his remarks on a US Intifada were misunderstood.
The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has reported that Osama Abuirshaid recently participated in a conference call where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered holiday greetings. The GIOR also reported that Abuirshaid was part of an August meeting between a US Muslim Brotherhood umbrella group and Erdoğan that took place at the Turkish presidential complex.
The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is a Palestinian advocacy group with strong ties to both the US Muslim Brotherhood and to the Hamas support infrastructure in the US. A report by the Anti-Defamation League describes the AMP as “the leading organization providing “anti-Zionist” training and education to students and Muslim community organizations in the country. The ADL also reported in 2014 that calls for violence against Israel were heard from speakers at the 7th annual AMP conference.
For video of the AMP conference, go here.