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Understanding the Palestinian U.N. initiative

Posted by rabbibrian on September 20, 2011

How can we understand the PA’s initiative to declare statehood at the UN? How should US and the international community respond?  Will it advance the prospects for justice and peace in Israel/Palestine?

To explore these timely issues, Ta’anit Tzedek – Jewish Fast for Gaza is sponsoring a phone conference with Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation on Thursday, September 22 at 12 pm (EST)

Ruebner is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service, a federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy analysis. His analysis and commentary on US policy toward the Middle East appear frequently in media such as NBC, ABC Nightline, CSPAN, Al Jazeera, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Middle East Report, and more.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of nearly 350 organizations working to end US support for Israel’s illegal 43-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and to change U.S. policy toward Israel/ Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality.

Call-in info:

  • Call in number: 1-800-920-7487
  • Code: 92247763#

Participants in the call are encouraged to read one or more of the following articles:

Please join the call!


2 Responses to “Understanding the Palestinian U.N. initiative”

  1. Y. Ben-David said

    Israel’s control of Judea/Samaria and the Golan Heights is not “illegal”. UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 which were adopted after the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War says Israel’s control of those territories is LEGAL pending the achievement of peace agreements between Israel and the Arab states. Israel also has a legitimate claim to Judea/Samaria based on the status of those territories being “disputed” and the fact that 242 and 338 do NOT require a complete Israeli withdrawal. This means the Jewish settlements there are NOT illegal. As a rabbi, I would expect you to stand for the truth.

    • Alexander R said

      I do not know how you read International Law, and UN resolutions, but I can assure you, the view you are promulgating is not the standard reading of it. The only entity that views the occupation and its settlements legal is the state of Israel for various reasons. To your comment about standing for the truth – I think the statements should be directed at you.

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