We need fair and balanced foreign policy in the Middle East; Speakers
The Palestine Convention 2018 Chicago become the largest gathering for Palestine in the US. The 11th Annual Conference for Palestine was hosted by the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) on Nov. 22 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Rosemont, Illinois
Each year during Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago, AMP holds its annual convention for Palestine in the US, the largest gathering for Palestine solidarity activists in the country. Each year, thousands of Muslims Mostly were Arabs, Palestine, Indian and Pakistan came in Chicago for Convention But large numbers of American also attended. Many attendees came with the entire family.
The theme of this convention was ” 70 Years Later Committed to Return”
The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is national grassroots and a totally nonprofit organization, whose mission is to educate the American public and media about issues related to Palestine. AMP is building a grassroots movement that is pressuring Congress to create a more fair and balanced foreign policy in the Middle East.
The conference hosts national and internationally renowned speakers, such as Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, whose seminal work, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine,” changed the historical narrative about the Nakba in Israel; Josh Ruebner, policy director at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and expert on US weapons to Israel; Palestinian members of the Knesset Haneen Zoabi and Dr. Ahmed Tibi; Palestine National Initiative General Secretary Dr. Moustafa Barghouti; Sheikh Abdelfattah Mourou of the Tunisian Ennadah party; “Gaza Mom” author Laila El-Haddad; award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal
Palestinian Israeli-Arab and Knesset Deputy Speaker Ahmad Tibi was the keynote speaker. This year’s speakers include an impressive list of world-renowned scholars and speakers such as author Illan Page, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Israeli Miko Peled, Dr. Hatem Bazian (President), AMP, Nihad Awad (National Executive Director, CAIR), Imam Omar Suleiman, Miko Peled, Dr. Manal Fakhoury, Dr. Mohammad Abbasi, Dr. Osama Abuirshaid, Dr. Mohammad Abbasi, Dr. Osama Abuirshaid, Dr. Abdallah Marouf, Safa Zarzour, Ibrahim Dardasawi, Raja Abdulhaq, Kifah Mustapham, Ghada Oueiss and many others.
Speakers encouraged the audience and demand to the us government inclusion congress and senate We need fair and balanced foreign policy in the Middle East.
During an interview with an attendee who came from Detroit said, “I am here today because we need to really stand with Palestinians.”
Convention hosts film screenings, book signings, a Campus Activism track; youth and young adult programs and a children’s school as well as a vibrant bazaar, full of Palestinian and Islamic treasures.
A bazaar was also located in the convention center right sides the hall and was brimming with vendors who had set up their stalls to sell jewelry, Pakistani and Arabic clothes, Islamic artwork, books, Islamic clothing, non-alcoholic perfume, Publishers selling Quranic translations and commentary in dozens of languages and vendors distributing brightly-colored head scarves and abaya.
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