Monday Sep 05, 201104:56 AM GMT
US students back Palestinian state
Mon Sep 5, 2011 4:51AM
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A group of American students have held a rally outside the White House in Washington to urge the US government to support the recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations, Press TV reported.


Student organizers rallied their colleagues and others to support the Palestinian Authority (PA) bid in the UN later this month.

“We are here to advocate the 194 members of United Nations. We want to show (President Barack) Obama that we don't accept the lack of support,” Yazan Mustara, the co-founder of Students for Statehood, told Press TV on Sunday.

Recent reports reveal that the Obama administration has flatly refused the Palestinian request, telling acting PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas that it would use its voting power as a member of UN Security Council to veto the Palestinian statehood bid.

“As an American why we pay for this occupation, why our tax dollars making this happen, making these people living turmoil. You know we wake up and we decide to vote against to make changes happen, we're going to continue and these people deserve the same freedom we have here,” said a student protester.

But the UN General Assembly vote is poised to accept Palestinian nationhood, at least to a nonvoter observer state from its current status of nonvoting “entity.”

This new position would allow Palestine to join several UN bodies and allow it to bring cases against Israel to the International Criminal Court.

“In terms of, you know, human rights abuses carried out by Israel and different types of international war crimes carried out by Israel, this is something great develop benefit Palestine and would give us kind of recognition of Palestinian deserve,” said Rosa Rad from Students for Justice in Palestine.

Pressure from lobbyists and think tanks and politicians is increasing in Washington on the Obama administration to support the Israeli position and not accept Palestinian statehood.

The Sunday protest in front of the White House was one of eight taking place all across the country, where protesters demanded the US government to recognize a Palestinian state.

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