9-27-11: The Palestinian Bid for United Nations Membership
Last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submitted a formal request to the United Nations for membership. Yesterday, the UN Security Council met privately to discuss the bid, and tomorrow the council will hold a formal meeting to transmit the bid to a committee on admission of new members. President Obama opposes the move—he says it’s a step back from peace negotiations.
We want to hear Maryland perspectives on the Palestinian request for membership. In this segment, we hear from two people, but we want to hear many points of view–including yours. You’re welcome to leave a comment here, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to call us at 410-881-3162.
In this segment, Sheilah speaks with Mohamed Esa, professor and chair of the Foreign Languages Department at McDaniel College. Most of the courses he teaches are in and about German, but he also teaches a course called “The Arab World.” He’s Palestinian, and has lived in Westminster nearly 20 years.
She also talks with Alan Elsner, who is the executive director of communications for The Israel Project, a non-profit educational organization that distributes information about Israel to press and public. He was born in Britain, but holds Israeli citizenship, and now lives in Rockville, Maryland.