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The following is copied from the Avaaz website (CC BY 3.0).

As bombs rain down on Gaza and rockets explode in Israel, Palestinians and Israelis are on the brink of another cycle of violence and vengeance. But, right now, the Palestinian Authority is preparing a bid to the UN that could be the best chance for peace. Let's help them win it.

While people in southern Israel live in fear of rocket fire, the Gazan people live under siege, imprisoned in a tiny stretch of land. And in the West Bank people are driven from their lands by illegal settlements; their sick get stuck for hours in Israeli checkpoints on the way to hospital; and families are divided by a huge wall that slices through their fields. But if the Palestinians win their UN bid for a state now, it could begin to end the 40 years of occupation, and pave the way for two states, Palestine and Israel, living side by side in peace and security.

The US and Israel are furiously trying to crush the UN vote. But Europe is still on the fence, and EU Foreign Ministers meet in just 48 hours. If we all speak out now, we can persuade Europe to vote 'yes' for peace and freedom.


France (Presidency):
Send a message by using the webform here

Germany (Foreign Ministry):
Send an email: presse@diplo.de

Spain (Presidency):
Send a message by using the webform here

UK (Foreign Ministry):
Send an email: private.office@fco.gsi.gov.uk

Here are some talking points on why the Palestinian bid at the UN General Assembly is our best chance for peace. Please use them as a guide when you call or write your message:


  • there has already been decades of occupation and repression by Israel of the Palestinian people
  • for years the US and Israel have held peace hostage to processes that have only led to more illegal colonisation of palestinian lands
  • the US and Israel should not get away with bullying the rest of the world to vote 'no' to what is morally and strategically right


  • currently there is not even a peace process in play
  • this is a new chance to balance the equation and kick start a new path towards freedom and peace
  • if the bid fails, we may have decades more of violence and extremists will win more ground


  • it is time for Palestine - this is a legitimate, non-violent, diplomatic proposal that deserves Europe's full support
  • the UN, World Bank and IMF say that the Palestinians are ready to run their own state
  • majorities of people across Europe and 2/3rds of world leaders already support Palestine statehood

Remember to be polite -- we'll be far more convincing if we are reasonable and courteous. 


Discussion 5 Comments

  • Rod 18th Nov 2012

    Close to 1.5 million signers...

    It says on the site that UK, Germany, France and Spain are still on the fence. Would that mean that the other EU countries already support the bid for Palestinian statehood? Sorry for my ignorance on this part.

  • Lambert Meertens 18th Nov 2012

    I don't know in general, but the State of the Netherlands has, until now, always been a staunch and uncritical supporter of Israel and also always obediently followed the lead of the US and opposed recognition of a Palestinian state. I don't think that has changed one bit. The policy agreement (regeerakkoord) of the coalition constituting the newly formed Dutch government only has this to say about the conflict: "Where possible, the Netherlands contributes to peace and security in the Middle East, using the good ties with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority."

  • Jane Johnson 19th Nov 2012

    There have been over 1.5 million signers now. Here's the link again if you haven't yet signed:


  • Johannes 27th Nov 2012

    I have been trying to contact the Austrian foreign ministry to finally get a clear answer on this. Without luck. However, today the Austrian President, Chancellor and Foreign Minister issued a common statement saying that Austria will indeed support the Palestinian UN bid for statehood. Long overdue. I also signed the petition of course. I truly hope this will be a step towards a peaceful future!

  • Rod 1st Dec 2012

    The bid has been approved! Palestine is now recognized as a non-member state by the UN. Votes were 138-9 for recognition.

    I'm not sure how big a step forward this is, but it's something at least. It's a step down from what they tried to achieve last year however (becoming a member state of the UN).