February 5, 2024 / Muslim News Magazine
(Los Angeles, CA) – The conflict in Palestine has always been a deeply sensitive and emotionally charged issue for Muslims around the world, and American Muslims are no exception. As the situation in the region escalates, American Muslims are reacting with a range of emotions, from concern and empathy to frustration and calls for action.
The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is complex and deeply rooted, with a long history of violence and suffering on both sides. The recent surge in violence, which began last October, has led to a significant loss of life and devastation in Gaza and Israel, prompting widespread concern, sadness and anger within the Muslim American community.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, urging members of Congress to oppose bills that would send more funds to the Israeli government as it continues its "genocidal campaign" in Gaza.
House Speaker Mike Johnson declared that a stand-alone bill with a staggering $17.6 billion for Israel is set for a vote this week. Meanwhile, on the Senate side, Senator Schumer has announced that the Senate will finally vote on the long-awaited supplemental package of $105 billion, which provides funds for Ukraine, Israel, the Indo-Pacific, and the US-Mexico border.
Senator Bernie Sanders has put forth an amendment in the Senate bill to eliminate $10.1 billion earmarked for offensive weaponry to the Israeli government.
Denouncing the death toll and suffering in Gaza as unacceptable, Sanders is calling for “zero funding for the continuation of Netanyahu’s illegal, immoral war against the Palestinian people.”
Social media platforms have been flooded with messages of support, prayers for peace, and calls for justice. Hashtags like #FreePalestine and #GazaUnderAttack have trended, amplifying voices advocating for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
Many Muslim Americans have also taken part in protests and demonstrations, both in person and online, to raise awareness about the situation in Palestine and to demand an end to the violence. These gatherings have drawn diverse groups of individuals, including Palestinians, Arab Americans, and allies from various backgrounds, all united in their desire for a cease-fire, along with a just and lasting peace.
CAIR is organizing a coalition whose advocates from the coalition will be urging Senators to support Sanders’ amendment. On the House side, advocates will be calling on Representatives to vote “NO” on sending $17.6 billion to Israel.
As the conflict in Palestine continues, Muslim Americans remain engaged and committed to advocating for peace and justice in the region. Like the majority of the world, they deeply condemn the mass killings of more than 25,000 civilians in Gaza, and hope for a future where Palestinians are free from the horrors of war, violence, and occupation.