European Public urges EU leaders to Recognise Palestine
New YouGov/IFOP opinion polls carried out by the global campaign organisation Avaaz has found that the overwhelming majority of people in Germany, France and the UK believe Palestinians have a right to their own state, and want their countries to vote in favour of a UN resolution to support recognition of a Palestinian state when it's discussed at the UN in New York next week.
The poll, which shows extraordinary support for change in the Middle East, comes as EU Foreign Ministers are set to meet in Brussels today (Monday) to thrash out a common European position. Avaaz and YouGov ran polls in Germany, where 84% supported Palestinian statehood and 76% believed Germany should act now to recognise, in the UK where the figures were 71% and 59%, and in France with IFOP, where the figures were 82% and 69% respectively.
Ricken Patel, Executive Director of the global campaigning organisation Avaaz, said:
“The overwhelming majority of the public have spoken - now the leaders of France, Germany and the UK must listen. They have a clear choice: stand with their people, and 126 other nations to support a Palestinian state and a new path to peace, or side with the US government which continues to push a failed status quo. EU leaders have played a critical role backing the Arab Spring’s movements for democracy and freedom from Libya to Egypt, now they must lead Europe to do the same for the Palestinian people, and stand on the right side of history.”
As part of its campaign Avaaz, together with Belgian artist Alain de Clerck, will today (Monday), be installing a 20 metre (four-story) high giant Palestinian flag outside the European Council, delivering a 913,171 signature-strong petition, and will run a full page ad in The Guardian calling for European action.
In the last two weeks over 900,000 people from across the world, including 304,000 in the UK, France and Germany have signed the Avaaz Palestine campaign, and British people have made over 7,000 phone calls to the Foreign Office. For Palestine to be recognised, the UN General Assembly will need to have two-thirds of its members vote ‘yes’ to upgrading the Palestinian status at the UN. It is currently estimated that 126 governments will support, while Israel and the US oppose it. Europe is still undecided with the Spanish publicly backing the campaign and the French, British and Germans still wavering.
Notes to editors
- All UK figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,552 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5th - 6th September 2011. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
- All German figures are from YouGov Panel Deutschland. Total sample size was 1,017 adults. The survey was carried out online.
- All France figures are from IFOP. The total sample size was 1,011 adults, representative of the French population aged 18 and over. The interviews took place from 6 to 8 September 2011 and was carried out online.
- Alain De Clerck partnered with Avaaz to intall a 20 x 14 metre giant flag which was stationed between the EU Commission and Council in Brussel’s. He has practiced sculpture since 1990 and regularly participates in cultural events in Belgium and abroad.