World Bulletin/News Desk
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has lauded a Monday vote by Britain's parliament to recognize the state of Palestine, according to a Tuesday statement.
Al-Maliki thanked members of the British House of Commons, describing Monday's vote – which is non-binding on the U.K. government – as a "rectification of the historical injustice which has deemed Palestinians a people without a land."
The top Palestinian diplomat went on to urge the British government to recognize the State of Palestine.
"Palestine expects the British government to recognize the Palestinian State in line with the decision… by the British people's representatives," he added.
Al-Maliki said a decision by the British government to recognize Palestine would "reassert [the U.K.'s] support for the peace process in line with a two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel."
In a historic vote one day earlier, British lawmakers voted to recognize Palestine within the context of a "two-state solution" – a symbolic gesture aimed at urging the British government to "recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel."
A total of 274 MPs voted in favor of the non-binding motion, while 12 voted against.
As he opened the debate in parliament, Labor MP Graham Morris said the move would be a "small but symbolically important" step towards establishing peace between the Palestinians and Israelis.
The Israel-Palestine conflict began in 1917 when the British government, in the now-famous "Balfour Declaration," called for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."
In 1948, a new state inside historical Palestine – Israel – was established. This led to 700,000 Palestinians fleeing their homes, or being forcibly expelled, while hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns were razed to the ground by invading Zionist forces.
Since its founding in 1948, Israel has continued to misappropriate Palestinian land on which it has built numerous Jewish-only settlements in breach of international law.
The right to return to their homes in historical Palestine remains a key demand for many Palestinians, including resistance faction Hamas, which – like most Arab governments – continues to refuse to recognize the self-proclaimed Jewish state.Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ekim 2014, 22:18