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Shia Muslim Foundation Joins MPAC in Honoring South Africa for its Support of Palestine


(WASHINGTON, DC - February 27, 2024) - The Shia Muslim Foundation (SMF) was among the attendees of a special event hosted by the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) at the South African Embassy in Washington DC on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. The event was held to express gratitude to the government of South Africa for the case it brought before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding Israel's actions in Gaza.


Salam Maryati, President of MPAC, presented an award to the Embassy, recognizing South Africa's leadership and courage in standing up for the rights and dignity of the Palestinian people. He praised South Africa's history of fighting against apartheid and oppression, and its solidarity with the global Muslim community.



Shelley Cohen Fudge, from Jewish Voice for Peace, also spoke at the event, highlighting the importance of interfaith cooperation and dialogue in advancing the cause of peace and justice in the Middle East. She expressed her hope that more organizations and groups would challenge Israel's violations of international law and human rights.


The South African Ambassador to the United States accepted the award on behalf of his country, and thanked MPAC and the community for their support and friendship. He reaffirmed South Africa's commitment to the ICJ case, and its belief that a peaceful and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved through respect for the rule of law. The Ambassador specifically thanked members of the Jewish community that had shown support for the Palestinian cause.



The event was attended by representatives from various Muslim, Jewish, and civil society organizations.


The Shia Muslim Foundation (SMF) is a non-profit organization that aims to promote the values and teachings of Shia Islam, and to foster understanding and cooperation among people of different faiths and backgrounds. The SMF also supports humanitarian and educational projects in various parts of the world, especially in areas affected by conflict and poverty. The main work of the SMF is to support the civic rights of American Shia Muslims, and to advocate on social and political issues, such as the case of Palestine.


MPAC works to improve the public's understanding of American Muslims and advocates for policies that positively impact them. They engage with the government, media, and various communities to further this mission. MPAC's work includes combating Islamophobia, educating the public about Islam and Muslims, participating in interfaith dialogue, advocating on policy issues affecting American Muslims, and fostering community development initiatives.


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