"Salaam Aleikum, [Arabic]. I thank you, my brothers and sisters, on behalf of the National Taskforce for Jerusalem. Welcome all of you. This is a gathering of all the Muslims of America, all the national organizations of Muslims of America together. And they are supporting you. Many of you are here, and many of the Muslims in different cities, in different towns, in different places, in different states, they are supporting this rally. And we are also thankful for many other organizations such as Arab-American Association, our Christian friends, our Jewish friends, who are supporters of justice, who are supporters of peace. We thank them. They are also with us.
"Brothers and sisters, this work requires a lot of effort. We all have to work together. This is a great way of coming together and work for the sake of justice, for the sake of peace. And we have to continue working for this. It is not that one rally is enough. It is not that one gathering is enough. This work has to continue, so when you go back to your cities, to your towns, to your places, you have to work for this. You have to speak to your neighbors; you are to speak to the media in your own area. You have to speak to the government officials. This work has to start from us and we have to continue working together for that.
"All brothers and sisters, all justice-loving people, all peace-loving people, we have to bring this movement. America should be at the side of justice, not at the side of injustice. America should be at the side of peace, not at the side of aggression. America should be for the Palestinian people, because Palestinian people are on the true path, on the right path. My brothers and sisters, you know the suffering of the people of Palestine. This is the longest suffering in the history. The people have been suffering for the last 52 years, ever since the State of Israel is established. Many of them have been expelled from their homes, millions of them became refugees, and they have been dispersed all over the world. And many of them have lived their whole lives, their children even and grandchildren, they're living as refugees.
"Of course the Palestinian people want peace, and the peace is not by giving up your right. Peace is justice; only with justice the peace will come. The peace process has not done very much for the people of Palestine. Israel has been playing games with the peace process. Israel has been using the peace process like a football and this is not going to help. What happened during this time they made more and more settlements on the Palestinian land. The people of Palestine, they were not given the right to return to their homes and their land, like any refugees. Any people of the occupied land, they are given the right to go back to their land. They are not given that right to go back. The Jerusalem, which is the heart of the whole issue, Jerusalem has not been solved. There have been all types of accuses (sic) have been made. The land of Aqsa, the land of Jerusalem, is the land that belongs to Muslims.
"So brothers and sisters, we are here giving our support to our Palestinian brothers and sisters. The uprising, the uprising today in Palestine – intifada – this is against injustice. This is against oppression. This is against occupation. This is against the breaking of the promises. This is against cheating and ignoring the rights of the Palestinian people. And it will continue as long as there is injustice. If people want to stop the intifada, they have to bring justice there in that land. You cannot ask people to calm down when they're living without hope. You cannot ask people to calm down when they're living in intolerable conditions. So we are here brothers and sisters because our homeland here, the United States of America is directly and indirectly responsible for the plight of the Palestinian people. Our government is responsible for plenty of the injustice that is going on there. The United States is the greatest supporter of Israel – economically, militarily, and politically. We give billions of dollars to the State of Israel.
"Our Congress and our media is blaming the victims, not the oppressors. The Palestinian demonstrators are not violent people. The violent people are those who are oppressing them day and night and for many years. We want to say to our government to respect the right of the Palestinian people. Do not be the blind supporters of oppressors. And al-Aqsa, my brothers and sisters, is our sacred mosque. It belongs to Islam. It belongs to all the Muslims of the world, 1.5 billion Muslims of the world, it belongs to them. We cannot accept any threat to the al-Aqsa mosque. We cannot give up Jerusalem. Jerusalem belongs to Islam. We want justice and peace. We want justice for ourselves and as for everyone else. We do not want anyone mistreated. We want respect for all holy places and for all people.
"We want our government to be on the side of justice and not on the side of oppression. We want our government not to be a blind supporter of Israel. We want our government to stop feeding the Israeli war machinery. We want to awaken the conscience of America. America has to learn that, because if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come. Please! Please all Americans, do you remember that? That Allah is watching everyone. God is watching everyone. If you continue doing injustice, and tolerating injustice, the wrath of God will come. But we want blessings for America. We want blessings for the people of America. That's why we want the conscience of America to be awakened, and America to stand on the side of justice. May God bless all those who work for justice. May Allah bless all of us, Salaam Aleikum."