February’s Slammer

Palestinian children flying kites at Damascus Gate, Old City. Ryan Beiler/MCC

Rachelle Friesen, an MCC peace and development worker in Bethlehem, writes about Palestine and the UN in the latest Third Way Cafe.

Throughout the Arab Spring, Palestinians have tried to gain their freedom, not through revolution and violence, but through diplomatic processes at the United Nations. Despite their nonviolent actions, they have been vetoed and punished for their efforts.

One year ago the Arab countries brought forth a UN resolution to the Security Council condemning Israeli settlements. The resolution was drafted by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and was based on President Obama’s own statements against settlements. Despite additional support from 130 UN states and all other Security Council members approving the measure, the United States vetoed the resolution in a 14 to 1 vote.

Read the entire article here.

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