As the world witnesses the ethnic cleansing and apartheid of Palestinians in Palestine, many people are receiving their information from the news they watch on television, or possibly their spiritual leaders at their house of worship (depending on what faith they practice). Unlike some governments we are witnessing around us, Muslim Girl supports human rights – and we encourage our readers to know what’s really going on in the world today — to seek all available info that you may not or won’t get from mainstream media outlets. Once you realize what’s happening, you are going to want to do something to help. Here is a list of resources we put together in order for you to gather the information you need, and then to help Palestinians in Palestine, as well as Palestinians abroad due to the diaspora living in refugee camps.
The Electronic Intifada is an online publication that provides news from a Palestinian perspective. Follow them on social media to stay updated ☞
The Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) is a transnational, independent, grassroots movement of young Palestinians in Palestine and in exile worldwide as a result of the ongoing Zionist colonization. The organization created a list of useful resources on their website ☞ https://palestinianyouthmovement.com/sheikh-jarrah
Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) is an independent, local Palestinian child rights organization dedicated to defending and promoting the rights of children living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Check out their short films on the lives of the Palestinian youth on their Youtube channel.
Palestine Advocacy Project is a volunteer-based organization that creates public media and education campaigns to educate the world about the Palestinian struggle and advocate for an end to Israeli human rights abuses. Learn more about the apartheid through the lens of a Palestinian child ☞ https://www.palestineadvocacyproject.org/through-the-eyes-of-a-child/
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East. The organization developed a tool kit with a map to find Palestinian-led and coalitions actions near you ☞https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XGDrgUnFFW4QlBq5oKusxXnBuxP0AWi5CwNVuQdsrYI/edit
The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) works to protect the rights and improve the lives of children in the Middle East through aid, empowerment, and education. In the Middle East, MECA provides humanitarian aid, partners with community organizations to run projects for children, and supports income-generation projects. In the US and internationally, MECA raises awareness about the lives of children in the region and encourages meaningful action. MECA created a blog to keep you updated on a daily basis ☞ https://www.mecaforpeace.org/blog/
SIGN A PETITION
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes a world free of violence, inequality, and oppression. AFSC created a couple of online petitions to stop U.S. tax dollars from funding human rights abuses and to contact your representatives in Congress to take immediate action.
The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) is a national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights. Founded in 2001, USCPR has been a leading player in the movement for Palestinian rights in the United States. Tell Congress to sanction Israeli apartheid using ☞ this form.
The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) has been working in the Middle East for over 25 years constantly offering surgery and urgent aid to children of all religions and nationalities. Donations you send will help provide medication, send volunteer surgeons, and other humanitarian services. You can donate using this link ☞https://pcrf1.z2systems.com/np/clients/pcrf1/donation.jsp?campaign=342&
• Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP) is a registered charity that is on the ground right now supporting those injured. They are providing essential medications, dressing, and fluids. They are also supporting the central blood bank. You can donate using this link ☞ https://www.map.org.uk/donate/donate
•The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from the UN Member States. Its services include primary health care, relief, and social services, infrastructure and camp improvement, microfinance, and emergency response, including in situations of armed conflict. You can donate using this link ☞ https://donate.unrwa.org/-landing-page/en_EN
• Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. You can donate using this link ☞ https://irusa.org/middle-east/palestine/
• Human Concern International (HCI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping alleviate human suffering through sustainable development projects and emergency relief assistance programs that foster self-reliance and preserves human dignity.
Remember, there are many ways to support victims of apartheid, genocide, and ethnic cleansing. You can always advocate for them on social media by raising awareness of what’s going on, gather information from credible sources, sign petitions in order to let those who make policies know you are watching, get out to protest, and last but not least, donate to a charity you feel connected with in helping those in need.
What organizations are you supporting on behalf of Palestinians? Let us know what actions you are taking and the organizations you are active in to keep the momentum of support for our brothers and sisters in Palestine going. We want to know. Hit us up at @muslimgirl on Twitter and Instagram and let us know what you’re doing to help!