from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

In recent weeks, the Obama administration and various prominent U.S. lobby groups, news publications (such as The New York Times), and organizations including J Street have come out against the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations, claiming that the bid endangers Israeli national security, slows the path to restarting negotiations, and encourages international ill-will against Israel. These organizations have taken the stance that the only way to peace is direct negotiations for a two-state solution.

The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns believes the Palestinian bid is not being made to spite the Israeli government or its people, but rather to come closer to negotiating for peace on a level playing field. Achieving advanced status at the UN General Assembly may not mean attaining actual statehood right away, but it will put pressure on two governments who to this point have followed only their own narrow interests.

In the spirit of nonviolent resistance, we support the Palestinian bid for statehood because it is a peaceful and democratic way to put pressure on Israel to make real compromises and seriously address the major issues, and because the world needs to hear the Palestinian call for justice, whether it is ready for it or not.

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