Despite Torrential Rain, Hundreds Turn out for AMP Rally Outside Israeli Embassy

A young woman prays while holding a Palestinian flag during a prayer service outside the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C. on Friday, July 28, 2017.

We want to effect a change in foreign policy to one that is more balanced and just for everyone living in the Middle East.

In an act of profound symbolism, hundreds of Muslims prayed in the street outside the Israeli embassy today in a show of solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem who’ve been forced to pray in the streets outside the gates of Al Aqsa mosque sanctuary because of Israeli restrictions on their freedom to worship.

About 350 Muslims from Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland, along with Christian and Jewish supporters, attended the event, despite the torrential rain.

“We consider the turnout to be a huge success, especially because of the weather,” said Kristin Szremksi, AMP national director of media and communications. “We’re here in an act of solidarity. We’re sending a message to Israeli authorities that American Muslims and their allies in the Jewish and Christian communities will continue to engage with our elected officials and we’ll continue to promote the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as peaceful means to pressure Israel to comply with international law and end the occupation.”

The event was organized by the American Muslims for Palestine, a national education organization based in Falls Church, VA. It was held in response to the current situation in Jerusalem, where Israeli authorities erected metal detectors, checkpoints and, later, surveillance cameras at the Al Aqsa mosque sanctuary, the third holiest site for Muslims. For two weeks, Palestinians protested by praying on the streets outside the…

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