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U.N. press release on Palestine Vote, Avaaz: Huuuuge Victory - UN Recognizes Palestine!!

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  • Ed Pearl
    From: Jeff Warner [mailto:notification+zz1ioree@facebookmail.com] Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 11:19 AM To: LA Jews for Peace Subject: [LA Jews for Peace]
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      From: Jeff Warner [mailto:notification+zz1ioree@...]
      Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 11:19 AM
      To: LA Jews for Peace
      Subject: [LA Jews for Peace] U.N. press release on the Vote to make

      &n_m=epearlag%40earthlink.net> Warner posted in LA Jews for Peace

      U.N. press release on the Vote to make...
      Warner 11:19am Nov 30
      U.N. press release on the Vote to make Palestine a non-member observer

      The resolution passed with 138 countries voting “yes.” Nine countries voted
      "no" including Israel, United States, Canada the Czech Republic, and Panama.

      41 countries abstained including Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands,
      Republic of Korea, and most of the former Soviet Union.
      5 countries did not vote: Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar,
      Full list countries votes is at the end of the below link.

      ww.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/ga11317.doc.htm> General
      ww.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/ga11317.doc.htm> Assembly plenary

      General Assembly plenary


      From: Ricken Patel - Avaaz.org [mailto:avaaz@...]
      Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 3:34 AM
      Subject: Huuuuge Victory - UN Recognizes Palestine!!

      Avaazers, it's time to celebrate!

      A few minutes ago, 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

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      Brussels Action: While EU leaders were met, THIS was happening right outside
      their windows

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      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

      * 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

      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
      46.html> Press covers today's victory, the Guardian
      pean-backing?INTCMP=SRCH> covers our polling two weeks ago, Avaaz's Daily
      <http://en.avaaz.org/1170/see-who-voted-for-palestine> Briefing provides a
      map of the vote result, and Haaretz
      nian-bid-israeli-official-we-lost-europe.premium-1.481392> describes
      Israel's response.


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