Keith welcomes EU vote to recognise Palestine "in principle"

Keith welcomes EU vote to recognise Palestine "in principle"

December 17th, 2014

The European Parliament has voted to recognise Palestine today with 498 votes in favour and 88 against. 111 abstained. The vote comes on the same day that a top EU court has decided to take Hamas off an EU list of terrorist organisations.

The vote today follows Sweden’s decision in October to recognise Palestine and non-binding votes since then by parliaments in Britain, France and Ireland.

The vote isn’t legally binding and is essentially a symbolic vote on principle but Keith, a member of the European Parliaments delegation to Palestine, has still welcomed the result of the vote:

“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.

This symoblic vote in favour of recognising Palestine at an EU level represents 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.”

Read Keith’s piece for EurActiv ahead of the vote urging MEPs to vote in favour.

Keith welcomes EU vote to recognise Palestine "in principle"

Keith welcomes EU vote to recognise Palestine "in principle"

December 17th, 2014

The European Parliament has voted to recognise Palestine today with 498 votes in favour and 88 against. 111 abstained. The vote comes on the same day that a top EU court has decided to take Hamas off an EU list of terrorist organisations.

The vote today follows Sweden’s decision in October to recognise Palestine and non-binding votes since then by parliaments in Britain, France and Ireland.

The vote isn’t legally binding and is essentially a symbolic vote on principle but Keith, a member of the European Parliaments delegation to Palestine, has still welcomed the result of the vote:

“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.

This symoblic vote in favour of recognising Palestine at an EU level represents 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.”

Read Keith’s piece for EurActiv ahead of the vote urging MEPs to vote in favour.

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