100,000 sign petition against statehood

A coalition of Jewish organizations collected 100,000 signatures on a petition opposing the unilateral bid for Palestinian statehood.

The Israel Action Network and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York unveiled the petition Sept. 20 in a ceremony only a few blocks from the United Nations building where the Palestinian Authority was scheduled to pursue its statehood bid this week.

The groups planned to deliver it to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as the U.N. ambassadors from the world body’s 193 member states.

Seventy-eight federations and Jewish agencies co-sponsored the petition. — jta