PA Muslims to Gather at Harrisburg Rally for Palestinian Rights

(HARRISBURG, Pa, 05/20/21) – Central Pennsylvania Committee of Masajid (CPCOM), ICNA Harrisburg, and CAIR-Pennsylvania are urging community members and interfaith allies to attend an emergency action in Harrisburg on Friday May 21 to speak out against Israel’s killing of over 50 children in its attacks against Gaza and attempt to forcibly expel Palestinians from the Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem, evicting them from their homes, to make room for extremist Jewish Israeli settlers to take over the buildings.

WHAT: March in Solidarity with Palestinians

WHEN: Friday, May 21, ‪2 p.m. ET

WHERE: Harrisburg Capitol Steps

CONTACT: Shahul Hameed (ICNA Harrisburg),, 717-696-9101; Ahmet Tekelioglu (CAIR-PA),, 617-401-5397

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Palestinian leaders from across the state, faith leaders, and local allies will highlight these critical points, calling on elected officials to take action: 

  • Condemn the government of Israel’s bombing of Gaza, expulsions of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah and attacks on worshippers at Masjid Al-Aqsa. More than 200 people, including at least 61 children, and multiple elderly have been killed by Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza strip, which is described as the world’s largest open-air prison.  
  • Israel’s most recent expulsion of Palestinians from their homes is against international law and inhumane. 
  • Israeli police’s attacks against residents in Sheikh Jarrah and worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque is unacceptable. 
  • Every year, the United States provides 3.8 billion dollars in Aid to Israel. This money is going towards displacing families and kicking them out of their homes. This ethnic cleansing is unjust and very harmful towards the Palestinian folk living on the land.  
  • Palestinian people deserve to live in peace without the threat of being forced out, we witnessed the same horrors back in 1948 and it’s happening again right before our eyes. 
  • The forced removal of Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah is against international law . These removals would not have been possible without US support, politically and militarily.

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: Shahul Hameed (ICNA Harrisburg),, 717-696-9101; CAIR-Philadelphia Education and Outreach Director Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu, PhD; 617-401-5397 (mobile),

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