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PRESS RELEASE: Campaign launched to Boycott Israeli Dates

April 1, 2021

Two weeks before Ramadan begins, Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) has launched a social media drive to encourage Muslim’s boycott Dates from Israel. There are around 3 million Muslims in the UK and thus it is not surprising the sales of Dates are particularly high during Ramadan. Israel exports nearly £28million of dates to the UK making it the second largest importer. Most popular is the Medjoul…

Job Vacancy: Research and Digital Communications Assistant

March 31, 2021

A position has become available within FOA, a leading NGO working for the human rights of Palestinians and promoting the sacredness of Al-Aqsa Sanctuary. This is initially for a 1-year period. The right candidate will be dynamic and conscientious, and able to take the initiative to help us continue campaigning successfully. Research and Digital Communications Assistant Our team requires a research assistant who will be…

Support #CheckTheLabel Campaign

March 30, 2021

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PRESS RELEASE: Aqsa Week Goes Global

March 13, 2021

Aqsa Week launched by UK NGO Friends of Al-Aqsa received world wide support including from government departments and prominent institutions . Aqsa Week was held between 6 to12 March 2021 to coincide with the Night Journey (al-Isra Wal-Miraj on 11th March) to encourage the love of Masjid Al-Aqsa and bring attention to the Palestinian cause. This year FOA partnered with AMP (American Muslims for Palestine)…

Women in Palestine Rising up to the Challenge of Defending Al-Aqsa Sanctuary

March 8, 2021

With severe restrictions on men to enter Jerusalem and the Holy Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa, Palestinian women are gallantly taking their places in protecting it from extremist Israelis. The extremist routinely and regularly enter Al-Aqsa Sanctuary with the protection of Israeli security services. On occasions these trespassing has resulted in the defiling of the Holy Sanctuary and even physical attacks. To safeguard the Aqsa Sanctuary, Palestinian…

The Struggle for Freedom by those Disabled by Israel Continues

February 17, 2021

Palestinians show relentless resilience to the brutality of occupation and even after being handicap their aspirations for justice and freedom continues. The long years of Israeli occupation that is marked by aggression and violence have left thousands of Palestinians physically disabled in one way or another. However, despite the tragedy what is notable is that the spirits of these Palestinians for the struggle to free…

FOA calls for Starmer to make statement on hiring an Israeli Spy

January 22, 2021

Friends of Al-Aqsa is concerned at the revelation that an individual working with Israeli military intelligence’s Unit 8200 has been employed to work in the Office of the Labour Leader, Keir Starmer. Unit 8200 has been reported to specialise in spying, hacking and encryption. It carries out blackmail, mass surveillance and systematic discrimination against Palestinians. The Guardian and other international media have reported Israeli military intelligence…

Call on Israel to immediately end the enclosure of the Gaza strip

January 11, 2021

Dear Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP, Since 2007, two million Palestinians, half of them children have been under a prolonged closure by Israel inside 365km2 area of the Gaza Strip. A UN Report published in November 2020 shows that from 2007 until 2018 the siege has costed Palestinians approximately £12.4 billion and more than 50% of its population lives below the poverty line. Restrictions and…

Palestinian prisoner: Battling the winter and Covid-19 under inhumane conditions

January 4, 2021

With the onset of the winter season and the Covid-19 outbreak the torment of Palestinians held in Israeli jails worsening. The eyewitness testimony of former prisoner Ali AlMoghraby shows Israeli Authorities not only prevent the entry of winter clothes and blankets but they stop hot water in the bathrooms and provide no heaters. This is despite the demand for Israeli occupation authorities under international law…

Covid Vaccine Privilege: The Poor and Occupied Suffer

January 4, 2021

The World Health Organisation in the face of a common global challenge posed by Covid hoped and promoted the idea of a greater inter-national cooperation. On the basis of the simple understanding that if one part of globe remains infected the rest cannot be assured safety. However, economic greed and racist colonialist attitudes continue to provide resistance against working in unity. This is creating a…

The Psychological Trauma of the Siege on Palestinian Children in Gaza

December 30, 2020

The Gaza Strip has become the world’s largest open-air prison triggering a humanitarian crisis in which 1.9 million Palestinians live under. Besieged by the Israeli military, it has limited access to education, economic opportunities, medical aid, clean water and electricity, violating Palestinian human rights, particularly children. With over 50 per cent of people in Gaza under the age of 18, this man-made catastrophe has led…

Norwegian Refugee Council finds Israeli Strategically attacks Palestinians Education System

December 24, 2020

A report released by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in November 2020 highlighted Palestinian education as a target of Israeli assaults. The report found Israeli forces, Israeli settlers and the private security guards of illegal Israeli settlements routinely carried out “attacks on education” on Palestinian children in the West Bank. The NRC research, carried out over a period of two and half years, reflects a…