Huuuuge Victory – UN Recognizes Palestine!!

Avaazers, it’s time to celebrate!

Earlier today, the UN voted overwhelmingly to recognise Palestine as the world’s 194th state!!! It’s a huge victory for the Palestinian people, for peace, for our community, and people across the world are joining with massive crowds in Palestine to celebrate.

The Palestinian people’s journey to freedom is far from over. But this is a powerful step, and our community played a key role in it. Palestine’s Ambassador to Europe said today:

“Avaaz and its members across the world have played a crucial role in persuading governments to support the Palestinian people’s bid for a state and for freedom and peace. They have stood with us throughout and their solidarity and support will be remembered and cherished across Palestine.” - Leila Shahid, General Palestinian Delegate to Europe

Brussels Action: While EU leaders were met, THIS was happening right outside their windows
Madrid Action: Avaaz members want Spain PM Rajoy to say YES!

The US and Israeli governments, beholden to extreme lobby groups (yes, sadly even Obama has given in), threw everything they had at crushing this vote, using financial threats and even threatening to overthrow the Palestinian President if he went ahead.Europe was the key swing vote, and under intense US pressure, leaders were, just two weeks ago, leaning towards not supporting the Palestinian state. Knowing the stakes, our community responded with the speed and democratic force that we needed to win:

  • Nearly 1.8 million of us signed the petition calling for statehood.
  • Thousands of us donated to fund public opinion polls across Europe — showing that a whopping 79% of Europeans supported a Palestinian state. Our polls were plastered all over the media, and repeatedly cited in Parliamentary debates in the UK, Spain and France!
  • We sent tens of thousands of emails, Facebook messages and Tweets to leaders across Europe and made thousands of calls to foreign ministries and heads of state.
  • We unfurled a giant 4-storey banner outside the EU Commission in Brussels (right) while leaders were meeting inside. Then, we staged another stunt in Madrid. Previously, we had sailed a flotilla of ships past the UN calling for a vote. Our actions made headlines all over Europe.
  • Avaaz staff and members met with dozens and dozens of government ministers, top advisors, senior journalists, parliamentarians and thought leaders in each of the key countries, in many cases teaming up to win over leaders one by one through advocacy, pressure, parliamentary resolutions and public statements, always drawing on the surge in people power behind this cause.
  • We reached out to key thought leaders like Stéphane Hessel, a 94-year old survivor of Nazi concentration camps, and Ron Pundak, an Israeli who played a key role in Oslo peace process, to speak out in favour of statehood.

One by one, key European states broke with the US to answer the call of justice and their peoples. In the final vote tally we got just now, only 9 countries out of 193 have voted against! France, Spain, Italy, Sweden and most of Europe has voted for Palestine.

The US and Israel argued first that statehood was dangerous for peace, and then, when they’d lost, that it didn’t matter and the vote was just symbolic. But if it were just symbolic they wouldn’t have done everything to try and stop it. And after years of bad-faith negotiations and Israeli comfort with the status quo as they steadily colonize more Palestinian land, this move shows the US and Israel that if they do not engage in good faith, the Palestinians and the world are prepared to move forward without them. It’s a more balanced basis for real peace talks. And that’s the best alternative to the kind of violence we saw Israel’s government and Hamas offer in Gaza this month.

For decades the Palestinian people have suffered under a stifling Israeli military dictatorship, repressive controls on their travel and work, continual denial of their rights and the constant threat of insecurity and violence. 65 years ago today, the UN recognized the state of Israel, beginning a path to the establishment of a safe home for the Jewish people. Today the Palestinians take a step down the same path, and gain a dignity in the eyes of the international community that they have been denied for a generation. And from that dignity, we can build the foundations of peace.

With hope and joy,

Ricken, Alice, Ari, Wissam, Allison, Sam, Julien, Pascal, Wen, Pedro, Saravanan, Emma, Ben, Dalia, Alexey, Paul, Marie, Aldine, Luca, Jamie, Morgan and the whole Avaaz team.

PS Here are some sources – The Associated Press covers today’s victory, the Guardian covers our polling two weeks ago, Avaaz’s Daily Briefing provides a map of the vote result, and Haaretz describes Israel’s response.


Kathleen Wells and Donna Nassor are Guests on Sunday Radio Show

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Kathleen Wells, KCAA Radio Host and Donna Nassor have just returned from Palestine and will be Sunday’s Guests.

To Listen Live  Click Here  Sunday November 18th 11:00am to 1:00pm Pacific


Dr. Stein needs to Study her History

And I believe Cynthia McKinney is on that Tribunal.

Sent: Monday, October 08, 2012 6:40 PM
Subject: [usgp-dx] First Jewish presidential contender welcomes Russell
Tribunal on Palestine findings

First Jewish presidential contender welcomes Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Posted by Jill Stein for President
October 08, 2012 ·

[image: israel-palestine-peace.png]Jill Stein, the first Jewish contender
for the presidency of the United States of America, called today for the
international community to heed the findings of the Russell Tribunal on
Palestine and to take
immediate steps to ensure that Israel comply with its responsibilities
according to international human rights law. Specifically, Dr. Stein
reiterated that as president, she would require Israel, as well as other
nations, to uphold international law and human rights as a condition for
further U.S. aid. In particular, this would require Israel to end human
rights abuses, and respect the rights of Palestinians and other peoples
living under Israeli rule.

The Green Party of the United States has long been a leader in standing up
for the rights of all peoples living under military rule and racial
apartheid, and the Palestinian people are no exception,” said Dr. Stein. “I
am proud that our party platform reflects our universal and consistent
commitment to human rights.”

Today’s statement adds to earlier statements Dr. Stein has issued detailing
immediate steps regarding U.S. policy toward Israel and Palestine that she
will implement on taking office (U.S. policy to Israel, Palestine must
change, says Stein – May 15,

The 2012 platform of the Green Party of the United States urges support for
“popular movements for peace and demilitarization in Israel-Palestine,
especially those that reach across the lines of conflict to engage both
Palestinians and Israelis of good will.” The
recognizes the rights of self-determination of all peoples in
Israel-Palestine, the legal right of return for refugees from the conflict,
the suspension of U.S. aid to Israel, the use of boycott and divestment as
non-violent means to pressure corporations and the Israeli government to
end human rights abuses, and the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation
Commission, “whose inaugurating action would be mutual acknowledgement by
Israelis and Palestinians that they have the same basic rights, including
the right to exist in the same, secure place.”

Dr. Stein added that, “The Green Party is the only political party in the
U.S. that reflects the views of a growing number of American and Israeli
Jews, including especially younger Jews who insist that Israel honor its
proclaimed mission of being a ‘Beacon to the World’ and a ‘Light unto
Nations.’” She pointed out that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu does not
speak for the majority of Israeli Jews, never mind Israeli citizens, in his
war-hungry policy toward both Palestinians and Iranians.

“Bibi is a threat not only to human rights and to U.S. interests, but also
to the security and sanctity of the Jewish people living in
Israel-Palestine.” Dr. Stein further applauded the actions of the Israeli
political party Meretz in committing for the first time to support for a
return to 1967 borders, including a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem,
and for supporting the 2002 Arab Peace Proposal.

Dr. Stein, a Massachusetts physician and past political opponent of Mitt
Romney, is the first Jewish candidate to appear on ballots nationwide for
the presidency. The first Jewish-American candidate to appear on any
national presidential ticket was also a Green Party candidate: Winona
LaDuke was the Green vice-presidential nominee in 1996 and 2000; LaDuke’s
mother was of Russian Jewish descent, and her father was an Anishinabe man
from Minnesota.


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