canada africa partner reservation Record numbers gather for American Muslim Advocacy Day as the Gaza war rages

Record numbers gather for American Muslim Advocacy Day as the Gaza war rages


Thanks to a record turnout, more than 700 Muslims visited the US Capitol on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to call for the protection of civil rights in the US, an end to US aid to Israel and support for the reconstruction of Gaza.

Although it is called Muslim Advocacy Day, the event now spans several days due to increasing participation.

The event, organized by the American Council of Muslim Organizations, took on special significance this year because of the ongoing conflict in Gaza, which has affected Palestinians with family in the US and led to an increase in harassment and hate crimes against Middle Eastern and American Americans Muslims. backgrounds.

“This year was a record-breaking event,” Robert McCaw, director of government affairs at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told The New Arab. “There are two factors. First, citizen participation continues to grow every year. Second, the American Muslim community is incredibly concerned about the safety and well-being of the Palestinians in Gaza.”

In 2023, CAIR reported a sharp increase in bias incidents compared to the previous year, most of them after the outbreak of the conflict in Gaza. From October 7 to November 4, CAIR received 1,283 reports of bias, a 216 percent increase over the previous year.

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Following Hamas’ surprise attack on October 7, Israel launched an air and then land attack on Gaza, killing nearly 35,000 Palestinians in the densely populated enclave so far.

Despite the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, strong support for Israel remains strong in Congress, with few members supporting the conditions for aid.

McCaw noted that securing meetings at members’ offices has been particularly difficult this year due to ongoing tensions. Many offices hung signs reading “I’m on Israel’s side” and had pictures of Israeli prisoners.

Madinah Wilson-Anton, a state representative from President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware, visited the Capitol with a group of about a dozen Muslims from her state to meet the federal delegation.

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Her priorities for the trip included discussing protests on college campuses, protecting free speech and guarding against anti-Muslim bigotry — topics that were difficult to address even in offices open to such gatherings. Nevertheless, she says she is determined to continue advocating for this agenda.

“When you see how impactful your conversations are, it energizes you and reminds you to keep doing that,” Wilson-Anton told The New Arab.

She added, “On our drive back to Delaware, we’ll talk about the next steps of how we can continue that momentum.”

Source: The New Arab