sábado, 23 de julho de 2011

Pelo Reconhecimento da Presença do Estado Palestiniano como Membro de Pleno Direito da ONU.

- Petição no sentido dos EUA não vetarem, no Conselho de Segurança da ONU, o reconhecimento da Palestina como membro da Organização das Nações Unidas.  (Divulgação):

Don’t Set a Timetable on Another’s Freedom

UN membership illustrationThis month Palestine is expected to submit an application for membership in the United Nations. Join the national organizations listed below in signing this petition--either as an individual or as an authorized endorser on behalf of an organization--to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice calling on the United States not to veto Palestine's membership application in the Security Council.

The Security Council may begin debate on Palestine's membership application as soon as July 25. Sign today and help us get 100 organizational endorsements and 10,000 individual signatures. If we reach our goal, we'll deliver your signature to the State Department and U.S. Mission to the UN.

Dear Secretary of State Clinton and Ambassador Rice,

This month the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations is expected to submit an application for the State of Palestine to become a member of the United Nations. We, the undersigned individuals and organizations representing hundreds of thousands of supporters across the United States, call upon you not to veto this membership application in the Security Council.

In 1949, Senator John Sherman Cooper, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations General Assembly, promised that the United States had “no intention of preventing, by its vote, the admission to the United Nations of any applicant which received at least seven affirmative votes in the Security Council, which meant that the United States would not use its right of veto in the Security Council on any membership application.” [1]

However, the Obama Administration has made clear it intends to abandon this commitment when it comes to the State of Palestine. In remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on May 22, 2011, President Barack Obama stated that “No vote at the United Nations will ever create an independent Palestinian state.” He equated Palestinian membership at the United Nations with “efforts to single Israel out at the United Nations...Israel’s legitimacy is not a matter for debate.” President Obama promised to “stand up against” this initiative, noting “That is my commitment; that is my pledge to all of you.” [2]

For decades, Palestinians have been prevented from exercising their rights to freedom and self-determination on even a portion of their historic homeland due to Israel’s historic and ongoing policies of ethnic cleansing, apartheid, military occupation, and colonization.

Palestinians are seeking membership in the United Nations as a way toward Palestinian freedom and self-determination and establishing a just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace that must include ending Israel’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip; equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel; and recognition and implementation of the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail: "For years now I have heard the word 'Wait!'...This 'Wait' has almost always meant 'Never.'" The worst stumbling block to freedom's advance, King argued, is the person who "believes he can set the timetable for another" person's freedom. [3]

Palestinians have waited more than 63 years for their human rights. We urge you—do not set a timetable for Palestinian freedom by vetoing Palestinian membership in the United Nations.

[1] UN General Assembly Official Records, Ad Hoc Political Committee, Summary Records of Meetings 27 September – 7 December 1949, 26th meeting, 1 November 1949, UN Doc. A/AC.31/SR.26, para. 71.

[2] Remarks by the President at the AIPAC Policy Conference 2011, May 22, 2011.

[3] Letter from Birmingham Jail, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963.

Organizações Signatárias (da Petição):

1. US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
2. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
3. American Educational Trust
4. American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine
5. American Jews for a Just Peace
6. American Muslims for Palestine
7. CODEPINK Women for Peace
8. Fellowship of Reconciliation
9. Friends of Sabeel—North America
10. Grassroots International
11. Interfaith Peace-Builders
12. Intersect Worldwide
13. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)—USA
14. Jewish Voice for Peace
15. Just Foreign Policy
16. Paulist Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
17. Peace Action
18. Progressive Democrats of America
19. Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
20. Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East
21. U.S. Peace Council

Local Organizations

1. Al-Nakba Awareness Project, Eugene, OR
2. American Arab Forum, Denville, NJ
3. American Expats in Jordan, New York, NY
4. American Iranian Friendship Committee, Armonk, NY
5. American Tribune, Detroit, MI
6. Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Portland, OR
7. Another Jewish Voice, Santa Fe, NM
8. Atonement Lutheran Church, Bloomington, MN
9. Austin Center for Peace and Justice, Austin, Texas
10. Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Baltimore, MD
11. Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Boston, MD
12. Brown University Students for Justice in Palestine, Providence, RI
13. Carlisle Peace College, Sandy Spring, MD
14. Central New York Working for a Just Peace in Palestine & Israel, Cazenovia, NY
15. Citizens for Democracy New Jersey, Springfield, NJ
16. Citizens for Palestinian Self-Determination, Lincoln, NE
17. Citizens for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land, Raymore, MO
18. Citizens for Sanity, Land O’ Lakes, FL
19. Clark University Students for Palestinian Rights, Freeport, ME
20. Colorado University—Divest!, Boulder, CO
21. Committee for Palestinian Rights, Columbia, MD
22. Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine, Essex, CT
23. Culture and Conflict Forum, San Jose, CA
24. Episcopal Peace Fellowship DC, Washington, DC
25. Friends of Palestine, Milwaukee, WI
26. Friends of Sabeel—Colorado, Denver, CO
27. Greater Boston Code Pink, Boston, MA
28. Greater New Haven Peace Council, New Haven, CT
29. House of Grace, New Port Richey, FL
30. Houston Peace News, Houston, TX
31. Interdenominational Advocates for Peace, Ann Arbor, MI
32. Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, Austin, TX
33. International Trauma Treatment Program, Olympia, WA
34. Islamic Center of Leavenworth, KS, Leavenworth, KS
35. Jewish Voice for Peace—Chicago, Chicago, IL
36. Jewish Voice for Peace—Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
37. Jewish Voice for Peace—South Bay Chapter, Redwood City, CA
38. Jews Say No!, New York, NY
39. Justice Committee of the Cleveland Congregation of St. Joseph, Cleveland, OH
40. Liberation Graphics, Silver Spring, MD
41. Mary House Catholic Worker, Austin, TX
42. Middle East Crisis Response
43. Middle East Study Group of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
44. Mid East: Just Peace, Cedar, MI
45. New Hampshire Veterans for Peace, Auburn, NH
46. North Bay New Energy Group, Mill Valley, CA
47. Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, Northfield, MN
48. Pacific Green Party (Oregon), Corvallis, OR
49. Pax Christi Hudson Valley, Highland, NY
50. Peace Action of San Mateo County, San Mateo, CA
51. Peace Action—Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
52. People for Justice in Palestine, Iowa City, IA
53. Philadelphia Catholic Peace Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
54. Progressive Democrats of America—Broward County Chapter, West Park, FL
55. Progressive Democrats of America—Miami Chapter, Miami, FL
56. San Fernando Valley Greens, Tujunga, CA
57. School of the Americas Watch—Northeast, Philadelphia, PA
58. Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Justice Team, Detroit, MI
59. Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet—St. Louis Province, St. Louis, MO
60. Temple Students for Justice in Palestine, Philadelphia, PA
61. Tikkun Chicago, Chicago, IL
62. United Methodist Church Israel-Palestine Task Force of California-Nevada Conference, Fair Oaks, CA
63. Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel, Montpelier, VT
64. Veterans For Peace, Chapter 21, New Jersey, Clifton, NJ
65. Virginians for Middle East Peace, Vienna, VA
66. Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, Washington, DC

Texto e Petição em  End the Occupation

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