To: Susan E. Rice, U.S Ambassador to the United Nations, President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Support Palestinian Statehood in U.N

I am urging you to support this Palestinian request for statehood recognition. Israel itself in 1948 unilaterally declared its statehood and received UN membership. What they could do then, the Palestinians should be entitled to do today. It is fair. It is time.

Why is this important?

This is a petition from Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights.
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Later this month, the Palestinian Authority will ask the United Nations for recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 border and admittance as the 194th member of the UN. For over 60 years the Palestinians have lived as exiles or under a brutal occupation, with their land in the West Bank increasingly settled by Jews from Israel and other countries and their homes and olive trees often bulldozed. Israel’s callous blockade has created inhumane conditions for the people of Gaza. Virtually all nations other than Israel regard the Israeli settlements and these behaviors as illegal under international law.
As PA president Mahmoud Abbas has made clear, the Palestinians are seeking UN admission to help them “secure the right to live free in the remaining 22 percent of our historic homeland because we have been negotiating with the State of Israel for 20 years without coming any closer to realizing a state of our own.”
This Palestinian UN effort in no way threatens the existence or welfare of the State of Israel. The PLO and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have long accepted the state of Israel, and Hamas has on a number of occasions openly declared its willingness to abide by any agreement between the PA and Israel that is approved by the Palestinian people in an open and free referendum.
I am urging you to support this Palestinian request for statehood recognition. Israel itself in 1948 unilaterally declared its statehood and received UN membership. What they could do then, the Palestinians should be entitled to do today. It is fair. It is time.

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Reasons for signing

  • The occupation, humiliation, and abuse of Palestine must end. Recognize Palestine!
  • Let's do this. Stop the apartheid and the suffering of the Palestinian people. Give them a state so we can move toward a more peaceful 2-state solution, formally recognize the pre-1967 borders, and end the Israeli atrocities that we both fund and tolerate. Free Palestine by granting statehood!
  • As a Jewish American I wholeheartedly support Palestinian rights to a homeland and an end to the Israeli occupation.