AMP’s 7th annual Conference for Palestine in the US: Gaza Teaches Life! begins Thanksgiving Day

Record crowd expected at Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL for three-day event

(CHICAGO 11/21/2014) — The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a national education and advocacy organization based in Palos Hills, IL, will kick off its 7th annual conference at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 with its inaugural session featuring local, national and international Muslim leaders, including Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations.

Featured speakers include Dr. Mads Gilbert, the Norwegian physician permanently banned by Israel from Gaza; Dr. Ahmad Tibi, a Palestinian member of the Knesset who serves at the Deputy Speaker; Al Jazeera anchorwoman Ghada Oueiss; Israeli American Miko Peled, son of the architect of the 1967 Six Day War and author of the book, “The General’s Son”; and Syrian hip-hop artist Omar Offendum. See full speaker list.

With a large increase in registration over last year, organizers are expecting a record turnout of more than 3,000 people. AMP’s annual conference historically has been the largest gathering for Palestine in the United States. In addition to lectures, the conference offers activism workshops, a Campus Activism Track, programs for young adults and youth, movie screenings, author book signings, a bazaar and entertainment.

Members of the media are welcome to attend. Registration fees will be waived for media, but pre-registration and credentials are required.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the American Muslim for Palestine’s 7th annual Conference for Palestine in the US: Rising from the Ashes: Gaza Teaches Life! However, to ensure the comfort of our guests and speakers, all media must be pre-registered and credentialed. All photograpny and filming is prohibited. AMP will make exceptions for media requests made prior to the conference. Interviews for speakers must be requested prior to the event and will take place in the designated media room.

Kristin Szremski
Director of media and communications
American Muslims for Palestine
10101 S. Roberts Road
Palos Hills, IL 60465
708.717.4180 cell
708.598.4267, ext. 22 office

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