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Huge Victory for the Palestinian People: A steady foot in the UN

It’s time to celebrate!

The UN voted overwhelmingly to to induct the Palestinian people with an observer seat.  This is the first step toward recognizing Palestine as the world’s 194th State.

It’s a huge victory for the Palestinian people, for peace, for our community, against the wishes of Barak Obama and 7 other Island-States under the US de facto mandated power, and Canada is included.

And people across the world are joining with massive crowds in Palestine to celebrate.

The first picture of Palestine seat at the United Nations.
The first picture of Palestine seat at the United Nations.

Ricken Patel of Avaaz.org posted on Dec.1, 2012:

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, 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, only 9 countries out of 193 have voted against!

France, Spain, Italy, Sweden and most of Europe has voted for Palestine.

Possibly the best map of the world ever? Click here to find out all the countries that voted to recognise Palestine: http://en.avaaz.org/s/mambab
Possibly the best map of the world ever? Click here to find out all the countries that voted to recognise Palestine: http://en.avaaz.org/s/mambab

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.

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 an end to the violence and devastation of occupation.

For over 6 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, the UN recognized the state of Israel, beginning a path to the establishment of a safe home for the Jewish people.

Now the Palestinians, with resounding global support, take a step towards establishing a future of independence and dignity that they, like all people, deserve.

With hope and joy,

Ricken, Alice, Ari, Wissam, Allison, Sam, Julien, Bissan, Pascal, Wen, Mais, Pedro, Rewan, Saravanan, Emma, Dalia, Alexey, Paul, Aldine 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.


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