By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Community members and local leaders rallied in solidarity with the Palestinian people following President Donald Trump’s unveiling of his Middle East peace plan.
The Michigan Task Force hosted the indoor rally at Greenfield Manor, 4770 Greenfield Road Feb. 5 in “protest of Trump’s declaration of the ‘Deal of the Century’ in regards to the new plan,” an American Human Rights Council press release said.
During the rally, Arab American and Muslim American community, and peace and justice advocates expressed their support of peace in Palestine.
American-Palestinian activist Khalid Turaani said this would unify all around the idea that Palestine “must and will be liberated.”
“Eventually, with our struggle, with your struggle, the struggle of the free people of the world, we will liberate,” he said. “We will liberate the last thread of a Palestinian embroidered dress, to the last cross and crescent on every mosque and every church that the Israelis would want to decide when you and I can go and pray in our places of worship.
“That is going to end either with this fuel — people who have gathered here tonight or with everyone in the world who is going to join in on these forces, the forces of change to the positive and making sure that apartheid will have no place in world in the 21st century.”
AHRC Executive Director Imad Hamad said the rally was an invitation for everyone to engage and try to “do what’s right.”
“We cannot be silent and cannot sit aside,” he said. “When we talked about human rights — human rights are universal, they cannot be optional and cannot be selective.
“This is not about race, gender or nationality, this is about human rights and the basic rights of Palestinians.”
Trump and Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu presented the 50-page proposal Jan. 28 at the White House.
“Trump’s plan envisions a disjointed Palestinian state that turns over key parts of the West Bank to Israel,” the Associated Press reported. “It sides with Israel on key contentious issues that have bedeviled past peace efforts, including borders and the status of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements, and attaches nearly impossible conditions for granting the Palestinians their hoped-for state.”
While Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the plan as “nonsense” and vowed to resist it, Netanyahu called it a “historical breakthrough” equal in significance to the county’s declaration of independence in 1948, according to the AP.
During his speech, Trump called his plan and “win-win” opportunity for both sides, a realistic two-state solution that resolves the risk of Palestinian statehood to Israel’s security.
“The plan would create a Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank, but would allow Israel to annex its settlements in the occupied territory,” the AP wrote. “The plan would allow the Palestinians to establish a capital on the outskirts of east Jerusalem but would leave most of the city under Israeli control.”
For more information on the Middle East peace plan go to www.whitehouse.gov/peacetoprosperity.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])