European Parliament vote to recognise state of Palestine

recognise_PalestineYesterday, The European Parliament adopted a resolution, by a large majority, calling for the recognition of the state of Palestine. As the outcome of the vote became aparent, Molly tweeted: ‘Historic and proud moment to win the vote on the recognition of the state of

MEPs also supported a Green proposal to set up a ‘Parliamentarians for Peace’ initiative – a cross party forum that will work at ending divisions within and beyond the Parliament and work together to ensure a peaceful solution to the conflict. The initiative also seeks to involve members of both Israeli and Palestinian Parliaments to help advance an agenda for peace and to complement EU diplomatic efforts.

The UK’s three Green MEPs also sent this letter to the press:

As the UK’s three Green MEPs, we welcome yesterday’s compromise resolution in the European Parliament which in principle recognises Palestine.

For too long, Palestine has received mixed messages from Europe. The EU remains the single largest donor of foreign aid to Palestinians, yet it fails to take any meaningful action to stop Israel from breaching international law and human rights.

For 47 years Palestinians have been locked into an occupation which has denied them the right to self-determination – a situation all too reminiscent of South African apartheid and which has resulted in so much bloodshed.

Israeli oppression continues apace as the Government embarks on what has been described as the “biggest appropriation of Palestinian land in 30 years”. We believe this vote is a vital step on the long road towards full Palestinian statehood and a viable two-state solution necessary for the eventual peace of the region.

Signed by:
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England
Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London
Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for South West England