JVC: It's time to vote for Palestinians!


Click here to tell Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Rice “It’s time.”

Dear Piotr,
Will the United States do the right thing at the United Nations Security Council, this one time?
Will the U.S. government stand up for basic fairness instead of vetoing yet another UN vote on behalf of Palestinian human rights?
Palestinians are bringing their case for recognition to the United Nations as soon as September— not because it will suddenly create a viable Palestinian state or end the occupation— but because it could provide leverage to help them press their case for freedom and equality.
And that’s why the whole world will be watching this fall— because we know it’s finally time.
Yet the United States has announced they will again oppose a move that is consistent with longstanding U.S. policy, and they have threatened to use their veto should the vote come to the UN Security Council. If they act on their threat, it would be the 42nd U.S. veto of a vote supporting Palestinian human rights in 40 years!
That’s why I want you to join me and nearly 20,000 others (so far) in telling U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador Rice that it’s time for the United States to vote YES for Palestinian self-determination.
The United States and Israel say they want the Palestinians to go back to the negotiating table instead. But you and I know that U.S.-backed peace talks are a dead-end, and that they have led to more settlement expansion, not less.
We have to tell the United States it’s time to stop getting in the way of a lasting peace for both Palestinians and Israelis.
Do we think they will change and finally do the right thing this time? Probably not.
But this time, they can’t do it quietly. We won’t let them.
In the coming days, the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation, a large coalition of peace and justice organizations, will deliver your signature and many others in person to the U.S. State Department.
It’s time for us to bend the long arc of history towards justice, freedom, and equality. Nearly the entire world stands with a just resolution that gives freedom and security to Palestinians and Israelis. Will the U.S. government stand for Palestinian freedom and independence, or for more occupation?

For freedom,
Cecilie Surasky, Deputy Director
Jewish Voice for Peace
P.S. For a more in-depth explanation of JVP’s approach to the UN vote in September, read this analysis by Stanford University professor Joel Beinin.

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