MCMC Statement on Recent Israel Action in Jerusalem
May 13, 2021
MCMC strongly condemns the recent actions of the Israeli government which have sparked violence that has led to over 70 deaths and rising, including those of many children. These actions violate human rights, international law and the norms of civilized conduct by nations. Key actions include:
- The illegal forced eviction of several Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem .
- The desecration of one of Islam’s holiest sites, the Al-Aqsa mosque, during the holy month of Ramadan, on its holiest night.
- The ongoing blockade of the Gaza strip which has devastated its economy, deprived its residents of livelihood, freedom of movement, access to water and electricity, and blocked trade and commerce.
These actions represent a continued escalation of years of oppression, violation of Palestinian human rights, illegal annexation of Palestinian land, and many other actions which are not in conformity with America’s highest values. Many of these actions constitute war crimes, as determined by highly respected organizations such as Human Rights Watch and violations of international law, as determined by the United Nations.
We urge the US Government to immediately press Israel to stop these evictions, halt the illegal appropriation of Palestinian land, and begin an immediate process of conforming with international law and universal human rights in all Palestinian territories, including Gaza.
In addition, we should immediately cease the supply to Israel of weaponry and armaments which are used to implement these actions.
We also urge the US Government to hold the Israeli government accountable to the same standards of conduct that it applies to the rest of the world.
MCMC is also asking all of our elected representatives to take a principled position, uphold American values of humanity, liberty and justice, and not remain silent in the face of this injustice.
Congratulations to President Joseph R. Biden
On behalf of the Muslim community of Montgomery County, we extend our sincere congratulations to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. We also congratulate Vice President Kamala Harris. President Biden has devoted his life to public service and is a man of strong character. We invite people everywhere, whatever their political views, to join us in praying for the success of this new administration.
Statement on the George Floyd Murder & Racial Injustice
June 2, 2020
The Montgomery County Muslim Council (MCMC) strongly condemns the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor, and unfortunately countless many other Black Americans. We grieve with their families, as we are all one single American community.
Fifty six years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, racial injustice continues to exist in our American society, and this is extremely troubling. We call for an end to this injustice. This comes primarily through understanding and dialog, and as such we strongly support the right to peacefully protest the heinous crimes which have contributed to these unfortunate deaths, but also condemn the episodes of violent behavior in the name of protest.
We ask our elected officials, local and national, to immediately bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice, including but not limited to Derek Chauvin and his fellow officers who stood by silently while he took the last breaths away from George Floyd. We demand an immediate end to any and all training of our law enforcement agencies taking place on foreign soil or at the hands of human rights violators.
We ask our state and local Montgomery County elected officials to immediately facilitate meetings and discussions involving our minority communities, the MoCo Chief of Police, along with the MoCo Sheriff’s office to ensure that additional and advanced levels of sensitivity and diversity training is introduced and implemented.
The diversity of our nation is one of the most important and cherished characteristics that define our society. Our nation’s founders specifically chose our motto to be,
“e pluribus unum” —out of many, one. Let us respect and honor our differences and come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
With a heavy heart yet with belief and hope in a brighter future as one American community,
Montgomery County Muslim Council (MCMC)