The world is engulfed in atrocities of various kinds from colonization of lands to the exploitation of the poor to human rights abuses. In the process, the dignity of human beings is greatly undermined by those who have the power to do so. The occupation of Palestine by the racist and illegal Zionist regime epitomizes these crimes and is the greatest threat to peace and stability across the globe.
What is the Al-Quds Committee?
The Al-Quds Committee is a group formed in an effort to peacefully raise the voice against the atrocities and human rights’ violations of Zionism by coordinating with all those people of conscience, Muslim, Jew, Christian etc. who are ready to struggle for the justice and peace for the occupied Palestine and it’s innocent civilians.
Our mission is to raise awareness to the oppression in Palestine by the Israeli Occupation.
Criminal Acts – Past and Present
Right to Self-Determination
This peaceful representative gathering of freedom and justice-loving individuals possibly from the Muslim, Christian, Jewish and other faiths pass the following twelve resolutions:
1. We demand
an immediate end to the 60 year occupation of Palestinian land by the criminal barbaric and terrorist Zionist regime and support the return of millions of Palestinians who have been forced to live in refugee camps.
2. We support
the Palestinians right of self-determination and to be governed by whoever they chose in a free and fair election.
3. We announce
our boycott of corporations that support the Apartheid Zionists and its heinous crimes through their investments.
4. We demand
an immediate release of over 10,000 political prisoners, the innocents being held in Zionist jails especially women and children.
5. We respect
Judaism but denounce Zionism as a racist, hateful and oppressive philosophy based on expulsion, oppression and occupation of the native population of Palestine.
6. We demand
an immediate end to the siege of Gaza where innocent civilians, men, women n children are living in poverty and suffering from malnutrition and diseases due to lack of employment, food, medicines and electricity
7. We denounce
the mainstream media for its biased coverage of the conflict and for depicting the oppressive, criminal and occupying military and government of the Zionist state as the victim and the owners of the land as “oppressors”.
8. We completely reject
the effort to equate Zionism with Judaism and “the condemnation of the Zionist Regime” with antisemitism. We will not be intimidated by this bogus spin which is opposed by the truly religious Torah-abiding Jews in the world.
9. We completely reject
the Zionist justification of settlement and occupational activities in the name of racial superiority and support the right of all other victims of the Zionist Regime, including the injured, the prisoners and the refugees to bring the Zionists war criminals to justice in a just court of Law.
10. We demand
an immediate end to the biased and prejudiced attitude of the administrations of US, UK and Canada in supporting the Apartheid regime due to influence of the Zionist lobbies in politics and media. We demand that our tax dollars and resources be focused on resolving the issues in our countries rather than funding the occupation and the war crimes of the Zionist Apartheid state.
11. We demand
an immediate and peaceful dismantling of the Zionist Regime and a referendum with participation from the Christians, Jews and Muslims within the present day illegal borders of the Zionist Regime, as well as participation from Palestinians within the occupied territories and refugee camps scattered across the entire region in deciding their fate. Without this dismantling of the cancerous Apartheid system of the Zionist Regime, which is at the foundation of the Zionist ideology, there can be no peace in the region.
12. We demand
that the Great Al-Aqsa Mosque be freed from the clutches of the Zionist Regime, and furthermore, we completely reject any and all Zionist claims made on Al-Quds Jerusalem.
Despite the influence of Zionist lobbies around the world especially in US, UK and Canada, today the Zionist Regime is recognized as a criminal, barbaric, racist and apartheid state by the masses around the world. The number of people standing up for the oppressed people of Palestine continues to grow and all of us promise to continue to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with the innocent Palestinians.
Long Live Palestine!!!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Al-Quds is Arabic for Jerusalem and its environs, the Holy Land. Yaum Al-Quds or Al-Quds Day is a day of solidarity with the oppressed innocent civilian Palestinians in their struggle against the racist oppressive Zionist-Apartheid system of Israel and a day of protest against the occupation of the grand historic Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Zionist regime. Al-Quds Day also extends beyond Palestine to support all innocent and oppressed people in their struggles across the world. All over the world seminars, rallies and marches are held on this day, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadhan in order to pledge solidarity with those seeking peace through justice.
It is usually the last Friday of the month Ramadan which is a Holy Month when Muslims fast and are in a spiritually heightened state. This day is designated for all, Christians, Jews and Muslims, to join in these rallies and show their solidarity with the Christians, Jews and Muslims who are oppressed.
Since Al-Quds Day serves as an international day of solidarity, the event is held in cities across the world including many cities across the U.S. and Canada. This includes a national committee (Al-Quds Committee) which coordinates this effort across many different cities in the US.
We do not have any affiliation with any foreign group or nation whatsoever.
In general, we are funded through many small, individual private donations within the U.S. and Canada.
Generally the intended audience for these gatherings are local Muslim youths and families, although in recent years, attendees have expanded to include students as well as anyone supporting justice for the oppressed Palestinians, whether from a human rights perspective or a Christian or Jewish scriptural perspective.
Generally we have a very diverse lineup of speakers including:
- Spoken word artists and poets
- Christian Ministers and activists
- Jewish Rabbis and activists
- Human rights activists
- Imams of local mosques
- Leaders of Muslim organizations
- Muslim activists and many others
Generally the main focus for the Al-Quds Day events is to educate and do our fareedhah(obligation). More specifically we focus on promoting the consumer boycott of companies that support oppression of innocent civilians by Israeli Apartheid as a part of the larger Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
We must sever all forms of support for the apartheid economy of the Zionist state. We recognize that around the world and particularly in the US there is an ever-expanding boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the racist State of Israel and its corporate supporters. One facet of this movement is a consumer boycott of those American companies that decide to dirty themselves with their connection to the Apartheid State. These companies are being educated about how their close relationship with the Zionist Apartheid state is a liability. Part of this education requires participants of the boycott to contact the companies and inform them of why you are boycotting.
Yes, a good example of one of the companies hardest hit by the boycott is McDonalds. McDonalds is a “major corporate partner” of the Jewish United Fund. In its own words, the Jewish United Fund “works to maintain American military, economic and diplomatic support for Israel; monitors and, when necessary, responds to media coverage of Israel.” Also, McDonalds’ chairman and CEO Jack M. Greenberg is an honorary director of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since the start of the boycott, McDonalds has just announced it is closing down its operation in the middle east due to loss of revenue as a direct result of the boycott (Oct 2002), and several of McDonald’s franchises have closed due to lack of business.
11. Will this event or my participation in this rally change anything for Jerusalem or the Palestinian people?
It is our responsibility to stand up for the oppressed people and show our solidarity by expressing our disapproval with the ongoing injustice, and educating people. This is the minimum that one can do and the results are in the hands of the Al Mighty.
It is not only for Muslims to participate but for all people to support the oppressed in Palestine and elsewhere in the world. We have had people from other religions including Jews and Christians who actively participate in these events and support this cause.
Al-Aqsa Masjid and the Dome of the Rock are two distinct entities, though they are part and parcel of the Haram Ash-Shareef area in Jerusalem. There is often a misrepresentation of Al-Aqsa with the picture of the Dome of Rock. It is reported that Israel is even already selling or distributing for free, in Western as well as Islamic countries, a picture of the Dome of the Rock with the words “Al-Aqsa mosque” under it so that when they plan to destroy it, they can show the Dome of the Rock and claim that Al-Aqsa is intact.