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February 21, 2012 0

American Muslims for Palestine Takes Aim at High Schools

The vir­u­lently anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion, Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP), held its first high school edu­ca­tional train­ing ses­sion of 2012 at the Islamic Foun­da­tion School in Villa Park, Illi­nois.

The train­ing ses­sion was attended by some 200 stu­dents from grades 10 to 12 and con­sisted of a half-day work­shop on a vari­ety of top­ics, includ­ing the Islamic sig­nif­i­cance of Pales­tine, accord­ing to AMP’s Web site. One ses­sion was led by AMP Direc­tor of Media and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Kristin Szrem­ski on steps stu­dents can take to uti­lize the media in their activism. Szrem­ski was a fea­tured speaker at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia BDS con­fer­ence ear­lier this month.
AMP pro­motes its extreme anti-Israel views through var­i­ous pub­lic events designed for stu­dents and non-students alike. For exam­ple, dur­ing its ses­sion at the Decem­ber 2009 MAS-ICNA con­ven­tion, speak­ers called on “all Mus­lims to lib­er­ate all of Pales­tine from the North to the South from Al Quds to the sea” and described Jews as “the worst kind of people.” 
AMP has announced that it will embark on sim­i­lar events for high schools in Chicago and Mil­wau­kee. Facil­i­tat­ing stu­dent activism was the cen­tral theme of AMP’s 2011 national con­fer­ence, where a num­ber of ses­sions were ded­i­cated to ways stu­dents can dis­cuss the issue of Pales­tine in schools.
AMP has also made a con­certed effort to engage in advo­cacy on col­lege cam­puses and facil­i­tate increased col­lab­o­ra­tion among anti-Israel stu­dents, in par­tic­u­lar the activ­ity of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP), a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion that’s a pri­mary orga­nizer of anti-Israel events on campus.