Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 13, 2000

Source: American Muslim Council press release

On October 13, 2000, The American Muslim Council issued a press release stating the following: "A group of 1,000 American Muslims convened in front of the White House today for Jumu'ah prayer and a rally denouncing Israel's increased aggression toward the Palestinian people. The event brought together national Muslim organizations which included the American Muslim Council (AMC), the Muslim American Society (MAS), American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). In statement at a press conference held at the event, AMC's new Deputy Executive Director Abdulwahab Alkebsi called on the United States to truly become an 'honest broker of peace' and undertake a unbiased approach to the situation in Palestine.

"'We are here in front of the White House to impress on our Administration the importance of the issue of Jerusalem, which is dear to every Muslim's heart. We stress the critical need for an even-handed approach on the part of the U.S. The recent events have removed any semblance of an impartial approach. A 'cease-fire' cannot be called for when only one side (Israel) has 'fire' and the other side has none. Our national interests are in direct conflict with Israel's so long as the current situation in Palestine continues,' Mr. Alkebsi said. The group, which included young children, listened as the list of names, which also included children, of over 100 Palestinians martyred was read as well as their ages. Calls were made to stop U.S. taxpayer money from going to Israel to fund its internationally condemned reign of terror. The peaceful protest then proceeded to walk to the U.S. Department of State where they met up with more protestors and continued voicing their concerns and their solidarity with the Palestinian people."