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Who Funds AMP and SJP?

Data CenterWho Funds AMP and SJP?

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), also known as the AJP Educational Foundation, as well as its 501(c)(4) parent organization*, AJP Action, are widely and credibly accused of serving as successor to the Islamic Association of Palestine, which was part of a major Hamas fundraising network implicated in the notorious 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial — one of the largest terror finance trials in American history.

A judge recently concluded there was merit in a current lawsuit against which argues the group has “largely the same core leadership as IAP/AMS; it serves the same function and purpose; it holds nearly identical conventions and events with many of the same roster of speakers; it operates a similar ‘chapter’ structure in similar geographic locations; it continues to espouse Hamas’ ideology and political positions; and it continues to facilitate fundraising for groups that funnel money to Hamas.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) argues a similar point, stating: “AMP has its organizational roots in the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), an anti-Semitic group that served as the main propaganda arm for Hamas in the United States until it was dissolved in 2004. Since its creation in 2005, AMP continues to work closely with some former IAP leaders who currently hold positions as AMP board members.”

Osama Abuirshaid, AMP’s executive director has previously expressed his admiration for Hamas for resisting and not negotiationg with Israel, and for avenging the “blood of its martyrs.”

In 2021, Abuirshaid spoke alongside terrorist members of Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), including Sami Khater, a senior Hamas Politburo leader and co-founder, and Mohammad Nazzal, Hamas’s official representative in Jordan.

In addition, notes Max Samarov in the Forward, “AMP chairman Hatem Bazian … has repeatedly spread anti-Semitism on social media, while other AMP leaders and speakers have engaged in racism, homophobiagenocide denial, and praise for terrorist groups. One AMP employee listed as a contact in the handbook has said that Israel is, ‘an illegitimate creation,’ and that ‘Israelis have to be bombed.'”

Since the October 7th attacks, AMP officials have led a forceful campaign to justify Palestinian “resistance.” Webinars organized by AMP and other Islamist groups (including Mercy Without Limits, profiled above), have featured Nihad Awad, head of the Islamist-founded Council on American-Islamic Relations, who denounced President Biden as a “Zionist” who spews “Israeli propaganda”; as well as references by Muslim American Society’s Ibrahim Zeini to Hamas terrorists as “resistance fighters” who are beginning to “shift” the Palestinian cause to “victory.”

AMP’s Director of Outreach & Community Organizing, Taher Herzallah, has been particularly vociferous at these webinars. In one event, he referred to “Jews and Christian Zionists,” as “enemy number one,” although later conceded that anti-Zionist Jews can be partners.

Herzallah has previously declared “Hamas’ rockets are an oppressed people’s cry for help.” He has also, the Investigative Project on Terrorism notes, posted “photos of injured Israeli soldiers and a destroyed tank to his personal Facebook page. The caption for both photos read: ‘The most beautiful site in my eyes.'”

*The EIN number (a unique taxpayer ID) that AJP Action claims to operate under (86-1772909) does not seem to appear in IRS records.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) claims to operate at almost 200 college campuses across the United States. It is a sister organization of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). In fact, AMP head Hatem Bazian is a co-founder of SJP, and, as the Forward points out, “SJP campus chapters are encouraged to reach out to American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) to trade strategies and get non-students to attend student government meetings about divestment.”

SJP operates in university campuses across the United States. As the Anti-Defamation League reveals: “In the days following Hamas’s October 7, 2023, invasion of Israel, the national leadership of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and many of the organization’s campus chapters explicitly endorsed the actions of Hamas and their armed attacks on Israeli civilians and voiced an increasingly radical call for confronting and ‘dismantling’ Zionism on U.S. college campuses. Some SJP chapters issued pro-Hamas messaging and/or promoted violent anti-Israel messaging channels.”

Some chapters, the ADL adds, even approvingly shared Hamas clips of the October 7th attacks.

A poster published by the Bard College branch of SJP.

Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs alleges that “Principal backers of SJP include founders, financial patrons and ideological supporters who have been connected to Islamist terror organizations such as Hamas, Hizbullah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).”


Funding

While SJP has a national nonprofit, its fiscal sponsor is the WESPAC Foundation. Funding of AMP, its parent organization AJP, and SJP, is murky and mixed up. SJP’s revenue in particular is likely covered by local fundraising and student society grants. In addition, SJP chapters’ expenses are possibly paid for directly by AMP, its parent organization AJP, as well as third party Islamist organizations, with which they regularly collaborate.

There is overlap with other Hamas-aligned charities as well. Islamist nonprofit United Hands Relief, in its tax returns, lists $15,000 of donations to the pro-Hamas charity Reach Education Fund. But the tax return lists the recipient’s EIN as that belonging to AMP, while also listing the recipient’s address as that of Hamas-aligned Texas charity Baitulmaal. That same address, a PO Box 2024 in Arlington, TX, is also listed in other 990 forms as the address for the grantor, United Hands Relief.

The below funding shows grants to AMP, SJP (and its sponsor, WESPAC), grouped by grantor. (It is important to note that WESPAC also finances other radical causes unrelated to SJP).

501(c) Funding for AMP, AJP, SJP, WESPAC, as reported in electronically filed 990s

Total 501(c) Funding Uncovered: $951,518
GrantorGrantor EINGranteeTotal Grant Amounts
ELIAS FOUNDATION134092287WESPAC$100,500
MORGAN STANLEY GLOBAL IMPACT FUNDING527082731WESPAC$100,000
THE SPARKPLUG FOUNDATION331033952WESPAC$97,700
ROCKEFELLER PHILANTHROPY ADVISORS INC133615533WESPAC$80,000
FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND110303001AMP$57,300
NETWORK FOR GOOD680480736AMP$49,366
Network for Good680480736WESPAC$47,865
OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE137029285WESPAC$41,400
Groundswell Fund474003615WESPAC$32,500
FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND110303001WESPAC$30,425
THE BAFRAYUNG FUND832811578WESPAC$30,000
COMMON COUNSEL FOUNDATION943214166WESPAC$25,000
THE ZAKAT FOUNDATION OF AMERICA364476244AMP$25,000
UNITED MISSION FOR RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT273175543AMP$25,000
AMERICAN ONLINE GIVING FOUNDATION INC810739440AMP$22,504
BAITULMAAL INC200942434AMP$20,000
United Hands Relief Inc812039508AMP$20,000
THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR GREATER581344646WESPAC$15,000
THE VIOLET JABARA CHARITABLE TRUST137560427WESPAC$15,000
United Hands Relief Inc812039508Reach Education Fund/AMP$15,000
SCHWAB CHARITABLE FUND311640316AMP$12,655
THE DILMAGHANI FOUNDATION136159975WESPAC$11,000
AHED INTERNATIONAL INC200942434AMP$10,000
BARZINJI FAMILY FOUNDATION462035823AMP$10,000
GRASSROOTS INTERNATIONAL INC042791159WESPAC$10,000
MAXIMUM DIFFERENCE FOUNDATION331127669WESPAC$10,000
UNITED WAY OF WESTCHESTER AND PUTNAM INC131997636WESPAC$7,577
Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation203587464WESPAC$6,000
AMERICAN ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION341747398WESPAC$5,685
MUTUAL OF AMERICA FOUNDATION133443360WESPAC$5,000
THE DUPAGE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION363978733AMP$5,000
PACIFICA FOUNDATION204733627WESPAC$3,500
THE BENJAMIN FUND INC841618483AMP$3,500
EL-GAOUNY & LEE FOUNDATION854018679WESPAC$3,000
Waleed B Ali Foundation161744342AMP$2,500
PACIFICA FOUNDATION204733627SJP$1,650
Hope and Justice Educational Foundation451066280AMP$1,500
Hope and Justice Educational Foundation451066280WESPAC$1,500
THE FARHAN FOUNDATION383533248AMP$1,500
NATL CHRISTIAN CHARITABLE FDN INC581493949WESPAC$1,000
OBID FAMILY FOUNDATION INC223850959AMP$1,000
THE AFR FOUNDATION383123848AMP$1,000
THE DFL FOUNDATION260900879AMP$1,000
KIBLAWI FOUNDATION263899795WESPAC$500
MARNI & MORRIS PROPP II FAMILY FOUNDATION INC800057787AMP$217
SAMIR AND GRACE TUMA FOUNDATION472654347WESPAC$200
THE HARTMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION357103482WESPAC$160
Amin & Rubina Chikhalia Foundation836310899AMP$100
Dasankop Family Foundation836529930AMP$100
AMAZONSMILE FOUNDATION462626883AMP$80
AMAZONSMILE FOUNDATION462626883WESPAC$34
ICNA DALLAS271512525AMP$0

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