After France, Belgium Were Next in Line to Recognise Palestine
After France, Belgium Were Next in Line to Recognise Palestine
By Sean Adl-Tabatabai / yournewswire.com
Mar 24, 2016

The Paris attacks occurred shortly after France announced that they intended to officially recognize Palestine as its own sovereign state. Netanyahu had ominously warned France that they were making a “grave mistake” in making their decision shortly before the Charlie Hebdo attacks and Paris shootings in the months following.

 

Is it a coincidence that Brussels has become the latest victim of a terrorist attack by ISIS militants shortly before their parliament was also due to vote on whether or not to officially recognise Palestine?

Jpost.com reports:

Belgium is the next country likely to make some type of move toward recognizing “Palestine,” though it is not clear what form that recognition will take.

There are three resolutions by opposition parties regarding the wording of a resolution, but no date has been set in parliament for a debate.

According to reports in the Belgian press on Wednesday, the ruling coalition is trying to formulate its own resolution aimed at conditioning governmental recognition on certain conditions that will enable it to determine the right timing for such a move.

For example, one version of the resolution says the parliament would call on the government to recognize a Palestinian state “at a time when it deems appropriate,” and enumerates the conditions the government needs to take into consideration: the position of the EU and effective control by the Palestinian Authority of all the territory of the “Palestinian state.”

 

The Belgian move follows Tuesday’s vote in the French parliament in favor of a nonbinding resolution supporting recognition of a Palestinian state. The British and Spanish legislatures and the upper house of the Irish parliament have passed similar resolutions.

The wave of parliamentary measures on this matter began after Sweden’s left-ofcenter government decided in October to be the first major Western European state to recognize “Palestine.” On Tuesday, the government of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven fell, less than three months after coming to office, and elections will take place there on March 22.

Other legislatures expected to take up the measure soon are the European Parliament, due to deal with the issue in mid-December, and the parliaments of Portugal and Denmark.

Israel’s position is that these measures move an agreement with the Palestinians farther away, since they reinforce maximal positions among the Palestinians and give them the feeling that if they just wait long enough, and push hard enough, the international community will deliver them what they want, without having to deal directly with Israel, or to make any concessions.

0.0 ·
0


Love Films For Action? 

Films For Action empowers citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society.

If you feel like you get some value from this library, consider making a donation today. Every little bit helps.

Trending Today
Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
4 min3,189 views today ·
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into a Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley2,953 views today ·
Adventurmentalism: Ecotherapy for Suicide Survivors (2016)
36 min1,979 views today ·
Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education
Peter Gray, Ph.D.1,683 views today ·
5 Reasons to Build a Network of Small Groups, Rather Than a Mass Movement of Individuals
Richard D. Bartlett1,603 views today ·
Caitlin Moran's Posthumous Advice for Her Daughter
Caitlin Moran875 views today ·
This Facebook Comment About the UK Election Is Going Viral
Chris Renwick662 views today ·
Trump Expands Police-State Crackdown on the Left
26 min574 views today ·
Depression Is a Disease of Civilization: Hunter-Gatherers Hold the Key to the Cure
Sara Burrows449 views today ·
Load More
Join us on Facebook
After France, Belgium Were Next in Line to Recognise Palestine