American (House?) Muslims for Palestine plays a dangerous game #Syria

18 Sep

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) used to be a fairly decent Palestine advocacy group in the United States, and has been able to bring together a good group of community based activists together to raise the issue of Palestine within the United States. Chaired by Hatem Bazian, they avoided a fair bit of the trappings of other lobby groups that advocated little more than galas.

However, now this group has entered the territory of taking a clear political position on the side of the violent “rebels” in Syria, see poster below. The action is being directly organized by AMP, and amongst its endorsers is The Syrian American Council that, among other things, specifically advocates military intervention in Syria, and further supports the Al Qaeda infiltrated Free Syrian Army.

“”In view of the considerable support for foreign military intervention in Syria by activists working on the ground to topple the Ba`ath regime of Bashar al-Assad, SAC supports military intervention with or without a UN mandate aimed at protecting civilians, particularly in Deraa, Idlib, Hama, and Homs, and their surroundings. SAC opposes the use of western ground troops, but ground troops from Arab and Islamic countries may be considered as an option. Western military intervention (US and/or NATO) should focus on the establishment of a no-fly zone over all or part of Syria, the establishment of safety zones around Deraa, Idlib, Hama, and Homs and safety corridors between these cities and one or more of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey without “boots on the ground.”

SAC and the Free Syrian Army (FSA)

SAC supports coordination between the SNC and the FSA to develop the FSA into a military force capable of protecting the Syrian people from the forces of the Assad regime immediately and the early post-Assad period. Eventually, the FSA will need to re-integrated back into the Syrian army, and hence it is important that the FSA develop into a disciplined force under a clear chain of command with a culture of respect for civilian authority and internationally recognized norms of human rights. Therefore, SAC will coordinate with the US administration and the SNC to provide the FSA with material and logistical support to improve the effectiveness of the FSA. Furthermore, SAC will work to encourage the development of guidelines in coordination with the SNC and the FSA on such issues as membership in the FSA; alignment of the FSA’s vision for a post-Assad Syria with the vision of the SNC, particularly civilian rule; coordination with political leadership; governance; and accountability to prevent abuse by its soldiers. Progress on these basic fronts should be considered from time to time by SAC when periodically evaluating SAC’s policy regarding the FSA.””

Hatem Bazian is taking many Muslims, especially young politically active Muslims in the US, who generally respect Mr. Bazian’s previous work around Palestine, down a seriously dangerous road. It is a road that will, without a doubt, come back to haunt them, once the US is done with supporting the FSA, and declares them a terrorist outfit (which is what they are). Another question that needs to be raised, who is the AMP now representing? And what is the nature of the manufactured consensus that the AMP is attempting to build?




2 – 6 PM


• SH. JAMAL SAID Mosque Foundation Imam
• SAFAA ZARZOUR ISNA Secretary General
• DR. TALAL SUNBULLIi Syrian American Council President
• Performance by YAHYA HAWWA
• and other community activists and leaders!

Mosque Foundation parking lot
7360 W. 93rd St.
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Vendors will be selling food, Syrian memorabilia, and much more!

This event is organized by the American Muslims for Palestine
Fundraising for Syrian refugees will be administered by the Zakat

Endorsed by: Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), The Mosque Foundation, Muslim American Society (MAS) Chicago, Syrian American Council (SAC) Chicago and Syrian American Society (SAS), Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), Muslim Educational and Cultural Center of American (MECCA)


One Response to “American (House?) Muslims for Palestine plays a dangerous game #Syria”


  1. on the US campaign to export “moderate Islam” « Imperialism and Resistance - October 14, 2012

    […] his own “moderate Muslim” types such as Hamza Yusuf, and Hatem Bazian (see also this link ) and the US State Department are in fact providing support to the same fanatics that he is […]

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