|UN Security Council: five permanent members hold veto power (Peoples Republic of China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States)|
- · Palestinians are entitled to all of their individual and national rights, including self-determination, freedom, justice and equality.
- · The biggest obstacle to Palestinians attaining these rights is U.S. diplomatic and military support for Israeli occupation and apartheid policies toward Palestinians (whether they are living under military occupation, as Israeli citizens, or as refugees denied their right of return to their homes).
- · The United States should not use its veto at the UN to shield Israel from accountability for its illegal policies and actions, nor should the United States sanction Palestinians for pursuing their long-denied rights.
Organizing is critical to exert more pressure and to make voices heard more clearly.
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- · September 10, the North Texas Boycott, Divest, and Sanction of Israel Campaign rallies in Fort Worth to protest the potential U.S. veto in the Security Council [http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177939215613262]
- · September 15, a coalition of dozens of New York-based organizations, many of which are members of the U.S. Campaign, rally and march at the UN in support of Palestinian self-determination. [http://uspcn.org/2011/08/08/ny-september-15-rally-for-palestine-and-the-right-of-return/ ] [http://uspcn.org/2011/08/08/ny-september-15-rally-for-palestine-and-the-right-of-return/]
- · September 15, coinciding with the International Day of Democracy, activists around the country are planning demonstrations opposing U.S military aid to Israel and U.S. interference with Palestine’s quest for UN membership. Phoenix, AZ, San Francisco, CA, Washington, DC, Urbana, IL, Omaha, NE, Pittsburgh, PA, and Austin, TX had announced plans for events as of September 1 [http://www.facebook.com/pages/September15/216475758396747?sk=events]
- · September 16, several organizations plan demonstrations at the federal building in Los Angeles to protest the threatened U.S. veto. [http://codepinkalert.org/calendar.php?id=3911] [http://codepinkalert.org/calendar.php?id=3911]
- · Decisions on procedural matters are made by an affirmative vote of at least nine of the 15 members.
- · Decisions on substantive matters require nine votes — including the concurring votes of all five permanent members. This is the rule of ‘great Power unanimity,’ —often referred to as the ‘veto’ power.
- The State submits an application to the Secretary-General and a letter formally stating that it accepts the obligations under the Charter.
- The Security Council considers the application. Any recommendation for admission must receive the affirmative votes of 9 of the 15 members of the Council, provided that none of its five permanent members — China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America — have voted against the application.
- If the Council recommends admission, the recommendation is presented to the General Assembly for consideration. A two-thirds majority vote is necessary in the Assembly for admission of a new State.
- Membership becomes effective the date the resolution for admission is adopted. http://www.un.org/en/members/about.shtml
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