Issue #1571 31 October 2012
UN Recognition of Palestine as a non-member state
Petition to Australian foreign minister Bob Carr
The Australia Palestine Advocacy Campaign Network has launched a petition to be presented to Foreign Minister Bob Carr. They are seeking a meeting with the foreign minister to deliver this petition in person by November 15, two weeks before the anticipated United Nations General Assembly vote. Your support will help send a message to Canberra and the world that the time is right for recognition, dialogue and justice. Please sign the online petition and or write to the minister directly urging the Australian government to support the recognition of Palestine as a non-member state.
The petition reads: “When Palestine asks the UN General Assembly to give it recognition as a non-member state, Australia must join with the majority of the world and vote YES to the resolution.”
Why is this important?
Palestinians are a stateless people who have suffered under the shadow of Israeli occupation for far too long. They want freedom, justice and equality and they need our help.
Palestinians have tried peace talks for decades as they watched more of their land being swallowed up by Israel and its settlements. Two years ago peace talks stopped as the Palestinian Authority said it couldn’t negotiate while more Palestinian land was being taken.
When Palestine stands alone to face the political and military strength of Israel it knows it cannot negotiate a just solution. This is why the Palestinian Authority is asking the international community to support Palestinians by asking the UN General Assembly to recognise Palestine as a non-member state.
If the Australian government is serious about its commitment to a lasting two-state solution and to advancing peace in the Middle East then it must support Palestine’s bid for a place, and a voice, at the international table.
To sign the petition go to: www.communityrun.org/petitions/say-yes-to-palestine-joining-the-un
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