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Don’t Set a Timetable on Another’s Freedom


This month Palestine is expected to submit an application for membership in the United Nations. Join us 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.

This petition is part of a larger coalition of dozens of national and local member organizations of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

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Letter to
National Security Advisor Susan Rice
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
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.

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