Mondoweiss, a self-described independent and progressive news site, is reporting the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) has launched the Americans for Justice in Palestine Action (AJPA), its own affiliated political advocacy group in Washington, DC. According to the article by :
August 26, 2021 Just a few years ago the idea of a pro-Palestine political advocacy group in Washington D.C. seemed ridiculous. But U.S. politics around Palestine are shifting and a number of political advocacy groups have sprung up recently. The latest grows out of the nonprofit American Muslims for Palestine who just launched their own affiliated 501c4 organization, Americans for Justice in Palestine Action. Earlier this week Mondoweiss’ U.S. correspondent Michael Arria spoke with American Muslims for Palestine’s Dr. Osama Abuirshaid and Ayah Ziyadeh.
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In the interview, AMP Executive Director Osama Abuirshaid said the decision to set up the organization in the nation’s capital was made due to the “unlimited opportunities” provided by law there and that registering it as a social welfare organization under Section 501c4 provided the new body with a “broader scope.” He also noted that AJPA planned to lobby for Palestine without any of the limitations faced by the AMP, such as a ban on endorsing political candidates. Abuirshaid said that the new body’s main objective was to work together with AMP in influencing the political dynamics regarding Palestine in the US. In a Facebook post, AJPA stated it was grateful to receive “a generous grant from AMP” to organize a late September 2021 virtual Palestine advocacy event set to include training sessions, online public plenaries, and congressional meetings. According to the post, the event is set to feature members of Congress, Capitol Hill staffers, and advocacy experts.
AMP is a Palestinian advocacy group with strong ties to both the US Muslim Brotherhood and 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. AMP Executive Director Abuirshaid is also a board member of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), an umbrella group of US Muslim organizations comprised almost solely of elements of the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in the US. In October 2020, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that Osama Abuirshaid was part of an August 2020 meeting between the USMCO and Turkish President Erdoğan that took place at the Turkish presidential complex. Prior GIOR reporting about AMP has also included:
- A December 2020 report that an AMP-hosted virtual Palestine advocacy conference brought together prominent American pro-Palestinian activists several US Congresswomen, including Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
- A March 2021 report that AMP was part of a coalition of international Hamas support groups that organized a virtual “Al-Aqsa International Week” that featured appearances by multiple pro-Hamas activists and GMB leaders.
- A June 2021 report that the AMP was part of a coalition of prominent US Muslim Brotherhood organizations that co-hosted a “National Palestine March” in Washington, DC, together with a Turkish-American lobby group closely tied to the Turkish ruling party.