The Muslim Community Urges Interfaith Organizations to Show Solidarity with Palestinian Worshippers in Masjid al-Aqsa

(New York, NY, 05/11/2021) – The Islamic Leadership Council of New York, an umbrella representative for over 90 Muslim organizations and mosques, is urging all faith and interfaith organizations to stand in solidarity with Palestinian worshippers who are being violently attacked and expelled from their homes in Jerusalem by Israeli forces. To promote interfaith alliances, different faith communities must stand together in condemning these horrific human rights abuses in an internationally recognized holy city for all People of the Book.

Jerusalem is home to Muslims, Christians, and Jews with deep ties to this holy land through their scriptures. In this holy month of Ramadan in the middle of a global pandemic, millions of Muslims around the globe are observing the practice of fasting from sunrise to sunset, giving charity to their communities, and worshipping God. However, the Israeli government and military has taken advantage of this vulnerable spiritual occasion to expel Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and to conduct violent raids on worshippers during the night prayers in Masjid al-Aqsa, the third holiest site in Islam. 

Israel annually receives $3.8 billion in foreign aid from American taxpayer dollars and is one of the top foreign recipients of American aid. This places Americans and American organizations in a position of responsibility to vocally oppose Israel’s human rights abuses. As faith-based communities, it is our collective duty to promote justice against violent discrimination of any religious community. For far too long, criticism of Israel has been met with false accusations of anti-Semitism. However, we believe it is an affront to the principles of Judaism and the Ten Holy Commandments to conflate settler colonial ideologies of Zionism with Judaism. 

We anticipate all interfaith communities to take a principled stance in solidarity with Palestinians who are fighting to defend their homes and places of worship from desecration through the following: 

Signed by,

Majlis Ash-Shura: Islamic Leadership Council of New York

Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel

African Council of Imams

Al-Arafa Masjid

Al-Awda New York: The Right to Return Coalition

Al-Janed Islamic Center

American Muslims for Palestine – New Jersey

American Muslims for Palestine – New York

Andalusia Islamic Center

Assafa Islamic Center INC

Arab American Federation

Baitul Islam Masjid & Community Center Inc.

Baitul Mamur Masjid & Comm Center Inc.

Brooklyn Broadway Jame Masjid & Islamic Center

Brooklyn For Peace

Brooklyn Islamic Center

Canarsie Islamic Services

Darul Jannah Masjid & Islamic Center

Desis Rising Up & Moving  (DRUM)

Futa Islamic Center, Inc.

Harlem Islamic Cultural Center

Hillside Islamic Center

Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center

Ibn Sina Center

International Action Center

Islamic Center Of New Rochelle

Islamic Center of Five Town

Islamic Center of L.I.

Islamic Center of Mid Westchester

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) – New York

Islamic Foundation Of New York

Islamic Mission of America -Dawoud

Islamic Society of Bay Ridge

Islamic Unity and Culture Center of Plav-Gusinje

Jamaat Islamic Center

Jewish Voice for Peace – New York

Jews Say No!

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

Labor for Palestine

Long Island Muslim Society

MAS Community Center, MAS

MAS Sheepshead Bay Center

MAS Upper NY Bronx Muslim Center

MAS Youth Center

Madina Masjid Islamic Council of America

Markaz Saqafi

Masjid Ahlu Sunna Walkhurabba’a

Masjid Al Ansar

Masjid Al Arqam

Masjid Al Ihsan

Masjid Al Rahman

Masjid Al Tawheed

Masjid Al-Hamdu-Lilla

Masjid Alaqsa

Masjid Alfarouqe

Masjid Allah Akbar

Masjid As-Siddiq

Masjid At-Taqwa

Masjid Darul Da’wah

Masjid Darul Quran

Masjid Ebun Abass

Masjid Hamza

Masjid Hefaz

Masjid Highbridge Islamic Center

Masjid Ibaadu Rahmaan

Masjid Iqamatiddeen

Masjid Kawthar

Masjid Makkie

Masjid Manhattan

Masjid Nassr

Masjid Noor

Masjid Omar Ben-Abdel Aziz

Masjid Rahma

Masjid Rahman

Masjid Rahmatillah

Masjid Sabur

Masjid Taha

Masjid Tajul Huda

Masjid Tawba

Masjid Tawhid

Masjid Wahab

Masjid Yusuf Shah

Mid Hudson Islamic Association

Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc.
Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)

Musa Mosque Islamic Center – Bronx

Muslim American Society (MAS) – New York

Muslim Center of New York

Muslim Community Center

Muslim Foundation of America

New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCORE)

Nurudeen Islamic Charity Org.


Parkchester Islamic Center

Paterson Mevlana Mosque

Project Solidarity

Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Tauhid Center for Islamic Development

United Ulama Council Of USA INC

Westchester Muslim Center

White Plains Islamic Center

Within our Lifetime – United for Palestine Page

Women In Islam, Inc.

Woodhaven Jame Masjid

Yemeni American Association of New York