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September/October 2011 Postcard

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DEAR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

Please do not veto the Palestinians’ formal request for membership in the United Nations. Israel and its American supporters are mobilizing all their energy to counter the Palestinians’ efforts to become a member state. Members of Congress and ambassadors representing nations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas are visiting Israel as guests of right-wing Zionist American organizations.

Hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations have signed numerous petitions endorsing Palestine’s membership application. We may not be financing vacations for U.S. and international decision-makers, but we, too, should have a voice in our country’s U.N. General Assembly’s vote.

For decades Palestinians have been prevented from exercising their rights to freedom and self-determination. Palestinians have waited long enough for their voice to be heard in intenational forums. Give them a vote and a voice.

DEAR SENATOR:

Please do not veto the Palestinians’ formal request for membership in the United Nations. Israel and its American supporters are mobilizing all their energy to counter the Palestinians’ efforts to become a member state. Members of Congress and ambassadors representing nations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas are visiting Israel as guests of right-wing Zionist American organizations.

Hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations have signed numerous petitions endorsing Palestine’s membership application. We may not be financing vacations for U.S. and international decision-makers, but we, too, should have a voice in our country’s U.N. General Assembly’s vote.

For decades Palestinians have been prevented from exercising their rights to freedom and self-determination. Palestinians have waited long enough for their voice to be heard in intenational forums. Give them a vote and a voice.

DEAR REPRESENTATIVE:

Please do not veto the Palestinians’ formal request for membership in the United Nations. Israel and its American supporters are mobilizing all their energy to counter the Palestinians’ efforts to become a member state. Members of Congress and ambassadors representing nations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas are visiting Israel as guests of right-wing Zionist American organizations.

Hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations have signed numerous petitions endorsing Palestine’s membership application. We may not be financing vacations for U.S. and international decision-makers, but we, too, should have a voice in our country’s U.N. General Assembly’s vote.

For decades Palestinians have been prevented from exercising their rights to freedom and self-determination. Palestinians have waited long enough for their voice to be heard in intenational forums. Give them a vote and a voice.


altCongressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD), urges Washington-based ambassadors to oppose the resolution. (Photo Courtesy the Israel Project)Right-wing pro-Israel organizations in the United States are working very hard to head off the Palestinian U.N. initiative. The Israel Project (TIP) sent “a delegation of 18 Washington-based ambassadors from four continents” to Israel and the West Bank. (TIP is an American non-profit “educational organization” that provides the media and public officials information about Israel and misinformation about the rest of the Middle East.) Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urged the visiting diplomats on Aug. 8 to oppose Palestinian membership in the U.N.

The American Israel Education Foundation, a supporting organization of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is sending 81 members of the House of Representatives to Israel for week-long trips during their summer recess, according to The Jerusalem Post. That’s nearly one in five members—55 Republicans and 26 Democrats. We know they’ll be having similar heart-to-heart talks with Israeli officials. The pro-Israel AIPAC pressures Democratic and Republican political leaders to pass public policy that benefits Israel rather than their own American constituents.