En las próximas 24 horas, el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU se reunirá de nuevo para debatir si Palestina debería convertirse en un nuevo estado independiente. Pero algunos países clave están aún indecisos respecto a la votación.
Nuestra campaña a favor de la independencia de Palestina está que arde, y nuestras voces están llegando a los oídos de nuestros dirigentes. Pero necesitamos intensificar la presión urgentemente. Mucha gente cree que no sabe lo suficiente del conflicto como para involucrarse y tomar acción. Por ello, Avaaz ha producido un video corto e impactante que cuenta la historia real del conflicto.
Si somos suficientes los que vemos este video y firmamos la petición, especialmente en países europeos clave, podremos generar una enorme ola de presión pública e influenciar la votación en la ONU. Mira el video, y después compártelo con todo el mundo. ¡Hagamos que esta campaña alcance el millón de firmas!
El mundo tiene una oportunidad única de apoyar, durante la próxima reunión de la Asamblea General de la ONU en septiembre, una nueva propuesta que podría dar un giro radical a décadas de negociaciones fracasadas entre Israel y Palestina: el reconocimiento del estado de Palestina por parte de la ONU .
Más de 120 naciones, desde el Oriente Medio, Africa, Asia y América Latina ya han apoyado esta iniciativa, pero el gobierno conservador extremista israelí y los Estados Unidos están mostrando una feroz oposición. Países europeos clave están aún indecisos, pero un clamor ciudadano masivo podría persuadir a algunos gobiernos a votar a favor de esta oportunidad histórica de ponerle fin a la ocupación y al conflicto.
Durante décadas, las iniciativas de paz impulsadas por los EE.UU. han fracasado, mientras que Israel ha sometido al pueblo palestino, confiscando sus tierras y bloqueando cualquier intento de que Palestina se convirtiese en una entidad política soberana.
Esta nueva y audaz iniciativa podría transformar el curso de la historia, pero Europa tiene que asumir un papel de liderazgo. Construyamos un gigantesco llamamiento mundial dirigido a los principales líderes europeos para que apoyen la solicitud de reconocimiento de Palestina como estado, y dejemos bien claro que ciudadanos de todo el mundo estamos a favor de esta propuesta diplomática, legítima y no-violenta. ¡Firma la petición y compártela con todos tus conocidos!
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To the leaders of all UN member states:
We urge you to endorse the legitimate bid for recognition of the state of Palestine and the reaffirmation of the rights of the Palestinian people. It is time to turn the tide on decades of failed peace talks, end the occupation and move towards peace based on two states.
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In 48 hours, the UN Security Council will meet again to discuss Palestine's bid to
become the 194th country.
Already 700,000 of us have joined the campaign. But we need more of us to shift key
countries to vote in favour.
Avaaz has made a powerful short video that tells the real story and why this is the
best chance for peace.
Click to watch it and send it to everyone -- let's get 1 million signers now:
As violence sparks again and tensions rise in the Middle East, a new proposal for
Palestinian independence is gaining steam across the globe -- if we can push it
through the UN, it could open a new path to peace.
But key governments are still on the fence and to tip them to support independence
we need to ramp up public pressure. Many people don't feel they understand the
situation well enough to take action. To help, Avaaz has made a new short video that
tells the real story about the conflict. If enough people see it, sign the petition
and forward it to everyone -- our leaders will be forced to listen.
Almost 10 million of us are receiving this email. Let's change the conversation
about the Middle East and build a tidal wave of support for Palestinian independence
before the UN Security Council meets to discuss this initiative next week. Click
below to watch the video, sign the petition, and forward this email to everyone:
While the majority of Palestinian and Israeli people want a solution to the conflict
based on two states, the Israeli extremist government continues to approve the
building of settlements in contested areas -- fueling hate and bloodshed. Despite
repeated efforts, decades of US-led peace talks have failed to rein-in the peace
killers and get an agreement.
Right now, this independence proposal could be the best chance for years to break
the stalemate, avoid another spiral into violence and level the playing field
between the two parties to favour negotiations.
Last month, the Palestinians presented their bid at the Security Council. Over 120
countries support them, but the US rejects the proposal, and is sending a clear
message to its European allies that supporting the legitimate Palestinian bid will
strain bilateral relations. It is now up to us to tell key European leaders that
public opinion is behind this diplomatic non-violent push and that citizen opinion
should influence policy choices, instead of the preferences of the American
Our campaign is exploding across the world -- Almost 700,000 of us joined the call
in the first days! It has been on the front page of major news media, cited at the
UN Security Council, and tweeted by the Palestinian president himself! Now let's
make sure it resounds in the ears of key European leaders whose support is critical.
Click below to watch the video, sign the petition if you haven't yet, and forward
this email to everyone -- let's reach 1 million signers:
There is much misinformation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and many of us
feel unsure about getting involved. But this short film lays it out clearly and can
empower us to act. As a nearly 10 million-strong global network in every country in
the world, we have the chance to provoke a vote that could turn the tide on decades
Alice, Pascal, Emma, Ricken, David, Rewan, and the Avaaz team
Israeli settlement plan earns ire of U.S., Palestinian Authority (CNN)
Today, Palestine's bid for statehood could be dead for months, unless we save it. On Wednesday night, US President Obama met with Palestinian President Abbas, and likely heavily pressured him to avoid a full vote of the United Nations assembly, a vote that Palestine would certainly win. Yesterday, the pressure seemed to be working, with the Palestinians backing off a vote.
It will be a tremendous disappointment to the world and Palestinians for this moment to pass with nothing accomplished. It will undermine peace and feed hopelessness, extremism and violence. But we can still turn it around. In hours, Avaaz will bring a 'flotilla' of ships up the river next to the UN, covered in massive banners. Another boat of journalists from the world's major media will film the flotilla and interview our spokespeople. If we can say that in just 12 hours, 250,000 people have called on Abbas to stand strong and let the world vote, it will help define this moment in the media -- influencing Abbas' decision about whether he can answer the call of history.
This week, Avaaz met with several foreign ministers and our rally in New York to deliver our 1 million-strong petition made news everywhere. But the US lobbying is furious - we urgently need to call on Abbas to stand strong and each of our countries to stand with him. Click below to sign the petition and urgently message/telephone/facebook/twitter key governments and leaders, or leave comments on key press articles to shape the media narrative of this moment. We have just hours before President Abbas addresses the UN with his decision, let's do all we can:
The bid for statehood is a peaceful, moderate, diplomatic attempt to move towards peace and give Palestinians hope after 40 years of occupation, oppression and colonization by Israeli 'settlements'. It would provide for a more balanced and fair peace process between two equal and legitimate states. Avaaz-sponsored polls and others show that large majorities of people across the world support this move. But Israel's extremist government, with its powerful US political lobby, is determined to kill this sensible proposal and keep Palestine weak, offering instead more years of fake peace talks while they colonize more Palestinian land. Ironically, these extremists threaten Israel even more than they do Palestine, since growing numbers of Palestinians are giving up on two states and deciding to embrace a long term struggle -- one they liken to South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle -- for a single secular democratic state with equal rights for all ethnicities and faiths -- effectively the end of Israel as a Jewish state.
Something big is going on here. President Obama says a Palestinian state can only be granted out of negotiations with Israelis. But when Israel applied to the UN for statehood, the US didn't require that Palestinians agree to it. The US rhetorically backs pro-democracy demonstrations in Libya and Syria and elsewhere, but when Palestinians seek freedom, Washington does everything they can to block it. That kind of bias, where a staunch, even blind Israeli ally is the only 'peacemaker' we have is partly why this conflict has persisted for decades. But finally the world has had enough -- 127 nations, including Brazil, India, China and, now, France have stood up to call for a new direction. If others join them, the era of US/Israeli hegemony over this conflict may be coming to an end, with a much wider and wiser set of global and regional voices, especially the voices of the people themselves, to replace it. It all comes down to the next few hours -- let's get the world to stand up, and make it happen:
Abbas is likely to present his bid for statehood and UN membership to the UN Security Council tomorrow, but that small body is controlled by a US veto, and the US can refer his request to a technical committee that will bury it for months. But in the UN General Assembly of all nations, the US has just one vote like any other country. The General Assembly can't fully admit Palestine to the UN, but it can declare Palestine a state, with access to a range of international organizations, like the International Criminal Court, that will improve the rights of Palestinians. UN recognition of statehood will also give greater international legitimacy to non-violent Palestinian efforts to disrupt the Israeli military occupation and illegal colonisation of Palestinian land.
President Abbas is right now preparing to deliver his speech.. At a reception on Wednesday he was reported by the New York Times as saying "I am fed up with all these people, and I don't know what to do". The hopes of the Palestinian people are riding on a man who, after being repeatedly betrayed and undermined by the US, is losing hope himself. But a large majority of the world, and 80% of his own people, support his goal. Let's ask him to put his hope in the world and the call of his people, let the world vote to recognize Palestine, and then trust the world and his people to help that new state flourish.
Ricken, Emma, Wissam, Nicola, David and the whole Avaaz team
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