The EU import ban under its policy of non-recognition of illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol begs the question why such non-recognition policies are not applied in the case of trade with settlements located in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In this case, international law even mandates non-recognition.
Italian Members of Parliament approves on Friday a non-binding resolution that urges the the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a move that has been a result of continuous support for the Palestinian recognition in Europe and urges European states to take more vital roles in the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
The politics of Gaza's reconstruction was the topic of discussion at the UK House of Lords yesterday in a seminar jointly organised by Middle East Monitor and the EuroPal Forum. The seminar was organised on Wednesday 4th March 2014 at the House of Lords.
On May 15 of every year, Palestinians mark "Nakba Day" – when the state of Israel was founded in 1948 – to reaffirm their right of return to the lands from which their ancestors were forcibly displaced. Since that year, the Palestinian cause has gone through several milestones, beginning with the armed struggle against Israel in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Sweden made international headlines in October 2014 when it decided to recognise the state of Palestine. Not surprisingly, Israel whimpered and condemned Sweden’s perceived impertinence. Israel and its supporters were clearly worried that other countries may follow suit, thus giving the Palestinians political and moral boosts.