PETITION ADDRESSED TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

A Petition by Citizens distressed by U.S. Administration’s craven submission to Pro-Israeli Interests 

A petition addressed to President Obama demanding that the US stop abusing its veto privileges as one of the five permanent members of the United Security Council has been penned by NTBDS and co-sponsored by Code Pink Fort Worth, Tarrant County Green party,  Socialist Party D/FW and Dallas Peace Center. This petition was inspired by the February 18, 2011 Nay vote by the US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice,  which killed a resolution criticizing the Israeli settlement activities in occupied Palestinian lands as illegal even as the other four permanent members and all of the non-permanent members unanimously endorsed it. The petition recounts the countless occasions when our government improperly used its veto power to shield Israel against legitimate criticism and pointed out that the framers of the UN Charter never meant for the privilege to be so abused on behalf of a client state.

 The petition will appear on-line and will be circulated at the March 30 during the protest demonstration.  You are encouraged to disseminate it widely and secure as many physical signatures as possible. You may send your collection of signatures to the White House directly and apprise us of the number of signatures your group(s) garner, if that is possible.

The protest action this Wednesday, March 30, from  11 am – 3 pm, is a demonstration against the veto specifically and  one sided US policies in blind support of Israel generally. 

 Place: Fort Worth Federal  Building in downtown Fort Worth, Texas (809 Taylor Street, on the lawn, on the Throckmorton Street side), from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

Dear President Obama, 

On February 18, 2011 our ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice vetoed a resolution co-sponsored and brought to the UN Security Council by over 120   of the UN member states. In casting the negative vote, Ms. Rice’s ‘Nay’ (tantamount to a veto) was the only one, the other 14 members of the UNSC, including the other 4 other permanent members, having registered a unanimous support for the resolution by voting ‘Yea’. The resolution, as you are surely aware, condemned the Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories as illegal and inimical to the chances of peaceful resolution of the 63 year old Israeli-Palestinian dispute and demanded that Israel cease all activities that violate various international conventions obligating the occupying power to safeguard the territorial and other interests of the occupied peoples. As you are aware that Israel has continuously defied and violated those conventions since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and successive US administrations have re-affirmed the universally held position that the settlement activities on occupied Palestinian land are illegal and the Israeli treatment of its occupied subjects constitutes violation of human rights.

February 2011 veto was by no means unique. In the last 40 years, our government has cast more vetoes (83) in the UNSC than any other permanent members – not to mention half again that many ‘pocket vetoes’; a majority of them (43 to be precise) have been the direct result of our governments’ subservience to the diktat of the Israeli lobby and contrary to the opinion of the most members of the UN General Assembly as well as the majority of the permanent and non-permanent members of the Security Council, placing our country at odds with the world public opinion. The latter is not the result of pervasive ‘anti-Semitism as claimed by the supporters of Israel but a common-sense acknowledgment of indefensible position of the Israeli government.

Ms. Rice’s lame defense of her negative vote (and our prior invocations of the Negroponte Doctrine), namely that the resolution was one-sided and damaged the phantom “peace process”, would be laughable if it was not fraught with the ongoing tragedy of the lives of the Palestinians who understandably strike out from time to time with feeble acts of violence, which are then dubbed ‘terrorism’.  Those acts (much more believable as acts of self-defense than those claimed by the Israelis), in turn, serve as a pretext for the Israelis’ to intensify their oppression of, and violence against, the former. In all cases, we have latched on to the absurd Israeli mantra that it has ‘every right to defend itself’ and thus justified in inflicting ghastly and disproportionate collective punishment upon defenseless civilian men, women and children of Palestine.

The UNSC veto provision in the charter of the United Nations was never intended to be used with such impunity in defense of a lawless regime such as Israel has proved itself to be. Besides, by creating a sense of deepening cynicism among the member states and reaffirmation of the doctrine that ‘might is right’, we are inviting a growing hostility against our country; such hostility nullifies the well-deserved goodwill our country should be earning in consequence of our otherwise sincere and conscientious pursuit of, and support for, freedom, peace, justice and human rights in all other arenas.

We the under-signed participants in the 2011 ‘Palestine Land Day’, by placing our signature below, are beseeching you to right the wrongs we have done to the Palestinian cause over two generations by halting all acts of support – economic, military, political, diplomatic and trade – for the state of Israel until it withdraws completely form all Arab territories occupied since June  1967 and ceases and desists from perpetuating the complex labyrinth of discriminatory laws against non-Jews, both inside and outside Israel proper. But most of all, we are demanding that you “QUIT ABUSING THE UNSC VETO POWER” on behalf of Israel. 

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E-mail:  northtexasbds@gmail.com

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