The State of Palestine is looking to increase global recognition of its statehood following an unprecedented endorsement of the country in May by the Vatican, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Wednesday.
“Palestine is seeking additional state recognitions following the recognition by the Holy See,” Malki said at a Un-Organised international meeting on Israeli-Palestinian peace in Moscow.
The meeting is set to promote a two-state solution to the crisis that began with the 1967 occupation of Palestinian lands by Israel.
Palestine seeks the recognition of its independent state in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in the Gaza Strip. Its effort has been backed by 134 UN member countries, including Russia, out of the total 193 members.
Israel and the United States have consistently voted down every UN resolution on Palestinian statehood, with the latest rejection in 2014.
Palestine’s top diplomat Malki condemned Israel for its “colonial and racist agenda” that, he said, was “incomparable with international law and peace.”
“Jerusalem, once free from these racist ideologies and colonial policies, can and will be a capital of peace and co-existence inspiring the whole world,” he said.
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received worldwide condemnation in May after a proposal to ban Palestinians from riding in the same buses as Israelis.
Despite increasing pressure and widespread international approbation, Israel continues to build settlements on occupied lands.
On 23 November 2019, EuroPal Forum and Middle East Monitor co-hosted a conference at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London on the relations between Europe and Palestine. A first of its kind, the conference brought together individuals at the forefront of discourse on Palestine in
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that European Union countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, MEMO and EuroPal Forum are hosting a conference to discuss the EU’s position on major issues related to the occupat