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What do Palestine and the Vatican Have in Common?

by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director
November 12th, 2012


NOTE: This conference call was held on November 12. To listen to a recording of the conference call, please click here.

Join Our Call Tonight to Learn More about Palestine Becoming a U.N. “Non-Member State”

Later this month, the U.N. General Assembly may vote to upgrade Palestine’s status at the U.N. to a “non-member state,” which would make it and the Vatican the only ones with this status.

This vote could have profound implications for the contours of a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for the ability of Palestinians to hold Israel accountable in international courts for its violations of human rights and international law, and for the imposition of additional U.S. sanctions both against Palestinians and the U.N. itself. 

To help us understand these issues, the US Campaign would like to invite you to participate in a conference call tonight Monday, November 12, at 9PM Eastern. To take part in the call, please dial 209-647-1600 and enter 489902# when prompted for the participant code. 

Our featured speakers are:

Omar Dajani 
Dajani worked for the Palestine Liberation Organization's Negotiations Support Unit from 1999 to 2001, before moving on to become a political adviser to UN Special Coordinator Terje Roed-Larsen, until 2003. Dajani is now an Assistant Professor of Law at McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.

Phyllis Bennis
Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. She co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine and serves as an adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East issues. Bennis is the author of eight books, including Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today's UN.

For more details about the call and its featured speakers, click here.

We’ve also written an updated Frequently Asked Questions that covers developments since Palestine’s bid for full U.N. membership last fall. These topics include the status of Palestine’s U.N. application, U.S. sanctions against UNESCO for admitting Palestine as a member and more.

We hope that you can join us for tonight’s call at 9PM Eastern by dialing 209-647-1600 and entering 489902#. If you’re not able to make tonight’s call, please click here beginning tomorrow to listen to a recording of it.