Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

American Muslims for Jerusalem Hold Fund-Raiser

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

American Muslims for Jerusalem Hold Fund-Raiser

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS FOR JERUSALEM HOLD FUND-RAISER

Those following the Arab-Israeli peace process know that in final status negotiations the most emotional and potentially divisive issue will be resolution of the final status of Jerusalem. Before that stage of the negotiations is reached, however, progressive organizations such as American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ), formed by combined efforts of seven national Islamic organizations and headed by Khalid Turrani and Fahim Abdulhadi, have initiated efforts to provide accurate information regarding Jerusalem and to educate the general American public about Israeli apartheid policies, the city's role in the three Abrahamic religions, and the differing positions of the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.

At the organization's first annual fund-raising dinner on Nov. 14, in the national capital, speakers described to the 250 guests the accomplishments of American Muslims for Jerusalem in its first six months of existence. These included leading the successful campaign to convince Burger King to close an outlet in the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, helping to persuade the Walt Disney Company to modify its Millennium Exhibit depicting Jerusalem as Israel's capital, generating news stories portraying the personal experiences of Muslims and Christians in Jerusalem, and educating government and public officials about Israeli policies and actions in Jerusalem. …

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