BREAKING: UK Parliament Will Vote To Recognize The State Of Palestine

Activists project Palestinian flag onto Westminster

Activists project Palestinian flag onto Westminster

In an apparent sign of division between back and front bench MPs in the House of Commons, backbenchers have secured a vote for the House to recognize the state of Palestine.

The title of the debate will be: THE FUTURE OF THE TWO STATE SOLUTION IN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE.

The debate will take place on 13 Oct 2014, it will be six hours long and happen in the main chamber.

It will be a debate on a substantive motion: “That this House calls on the government to recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel”

What Does It Mean?

Tens of thousands joined the Free Palestine march in August

Tens of thousands joined the Free Palestine march in August

The debate will be a Backbench Business Debate (BBD). Backbench MPs can make applications for debates and the Backbench Business Committee (BBC) decides on whether to allow the debate time in parliament. It is the BBC who are responsible for making the debate happen.

The application was originally presented to the BBC on 8th April 2014. They deferred their decision until after recess.  Sources within Westminster told Scriptonite Daily that the primary reason for this was a rival application submitted by a coalition of Labour, Lib Dem and Tory friends of Israel.

Grahame Morris MP (Labour) re-presented the application again last Tuesday with the support of two Lead Members: Sarah Teather MP (LIB) and Crispin Blunt MP (CON). Labour’s Gerald Kaufman MP joined Morris, and the pair persuasively argued the case for the debate.

It’s the government, not the House that recognises states. Plus, it’s a BBD so the motions are none binding. Essentially, the vote will be an expression of the will of the House.

If it’s a yes vote the government and any subsequent government would be pressured towards recognising Palestine. It would be a PR disaster for the govt. to refuse to recognise Palestine if MPs expressed their will that Palestine should be recognised.

It will put pressure on Labour back up Douglas Alexander’s stance that a future Labour government would recognise the state of Palestine, after the UK government abstained on the 2012 UN General Assembly vote.

The government will also have to clarify their position. While paying lip service to the notions of Palestinian statehood, the coalition government have contradicted this in actions, such as the decision to abstain on the 2012 UN vote.

This is in line with the policy of US President Barack Obama who has also made repeated public appeals for the two-state solution, while veto-ing Palestine’s bid to become a member of the United Nations. He publicly criticized Israel for expanding its illegal settlement construction, yet vetoed a planned UN Security Council Resolution to tackle the problem.

This vote is intended to put some space between UK and US policy on the matter.

Grahame Morris MP told Scriptonite Daily:

“I’m delighted that we have secured this debate. Abstaining on the recognition of the state of Palestine in the UN General Assembly was an utterly shameful act that placed the UK on the wrong side of history.

The consensus from all Westminster parties is that the only resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is a just peace founded on a two-state solution. So far, this has been government policy in rhetoric only.

We know that only independence and sovereignty for Palestine can save the two-state solution. We hear a lot of talk in support of the peace process but on October 13th MPs will have the opportunity to back up their words with actions.”

The Bottom Line

A001In my view, the two-state solution is dead in the water – and would be a mistake even if it was still plausible.

Firstly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again publicly promised to oppose the creation of a Palestinian state as recently as July this year. Telling a press conference on July 11th:

“There cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan,”

If Israel doesn’t relinquish security control, Palestinians cannot establish a state. The alternative, then, would be a single state in which Palestinians are second class citizens, under occupation and without democratic rights.

“That sentence, quite simply, spells the end to the notion of Netanyahu consenting to the establishment of a Palestinian state,” summed up Times of Israel editor David Horovitz, whom Ha’aretz described as a Netanyahu supporter.

So long as Israel remains wedded to the Zionist notion of a Jewish state, it will have to maintain its occupation of the Palestinians, in order to a) avoid the demographic realities that would undermine the racial character of the state, and b) avoid the democratic realities that would undermine the racial character of the state.

Secondly, there is a matter of principle here too.  When we were calling for the end of Apartheid South Africa, we did not suggest separation, giving the white establishment control of the territory they’d ethnically cleansed and colonized while granting black South Africans the bantustans and townships. Why would we do so here?

Thirdly, Israel is buckling internally under the weight of this racist project.  As a prominent Jewish-Israeli activist within the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement told me in Tel Aviv:

The Zionist project, particularly in Palestine, is a supremacist project. It’s not only a colonialist movement in that it demands the theft of resources, natural and human, of the indigenous people…But also says that this land is ours and only ours; and if you are not part of us you don’t belong here”

The consequences of which have been described by Gideon Levy, esteemed Israeli journalist and editor of Ha’aretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper:

“All the seeds of the incitement of the past few years, all the nationalistic, racist legislation and the incendiary propaganda, the scare campaigns and the subversion of democracy by the right-wing camp – all these have borne fruit, and that fruit is rank and rotten. The nationalist right has now sunk to a new level, with almost the whole country following in its wake. The word “fascism,” which I try to use as little as possible, finally has its deserved place in the Israeli political discourse.”

So let’s be clear on what the real end goal needs to be: one secular state where citizens are granted equal rights and responsibilities, regardless of their race or religion.

In the meantime, anything that puts pressure on governments in the West to promote the rights of self-determination, cultural identity and recognition of the plight of the Palestinians is no bad thing.

Get involved!

Below is the list the MPs who had indicated they wanted to participate in the debate prior to the 8th April. If your MP is not on the list and you want them to be there, now is the time to get in touch.  You can find and contact your MP by clicking here.

Labour

Jim Dowd MP, Sandra Osborne MP, Linda Riordan MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Andrew Smith MP, Dame Joan Ruddock MP, Paul Blomfield MP, Dai Harvard MP, Katy Clark MP, Roger Edward Leigh MP, Debbie Abrahams MP, Frank Doran MP, Mark Durkan MP, Paul Flynn MP, Simon Danczuk MP, Chris Williamson MP, Andrew Slaugher MP, Alex Cunningham MP, Tony Cunningham MP, Andy Love MP, Graeme Morrice MP, Alan Whitehead MP, John Denham MP, Roger Godstiff MP

Conservative

Crispin Blunt MP, Nicholas Soames MP, Julian Brazier MP, Colonel Bob Stewart MP

Lib Dem

Lorey Burt MP, David Ward MP, Julian Huppert MP

GREEN

Caroline Lucas MP

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11 thoughts on “BREAKING: UK Parliament Will Vote To Recognize The State Of Palestine

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  4. Is there a UK Parliament that carries any weight anymore? There is no Conservative friends of Palestine. Do you honestly believe those SEWER SUCKING SCUM will do anything honourable?
    They would not be where they are if they were not “Friends of Israel”.

    • Unfortunately you’re right. With 80% of the conservatives being friends of israel I can’t see it going through. One things for sure. They will all be there for that when they couldn’t make it 2 weeks ago

  5. That’s great news! Good on the backbenchers for pushing this.

    The world has still to maintain and increase pressure on Israel though.

    BDS and other sanctions on Israeli products is said to be effecting them, financially. I argue that the western world has also to place “blackbans” on going to see hollywood movies, because so much of that town’s movie industry funds Israel.

    As I posted to Google Plus the other day, “Israel raking-in Americans’ earning [in hollywood’s movie ticket sales], to fund terrorists, who want to kill Americans.” Like Deerrr? [I’m persuaded to believe most of the ISIS/ISIL/IS militia are funded by the US, if not by Israel directly.]

    The same applies to movie sales across the western world. So Britain’s and Europe’s movie-goers, and others, have to stop going to hollywood movies, if they want to stop the madness in Palestine and the Middle-East generally, methinks.

    Obviously other factors are also at play, but that bottomline for Israel, of cutting their incomes, hits the state hard, as it is so dependent upon those ‘offshore’ means.

    My view is that Israel really has to return to within the pre-1967 borders, before anyone should begin talks with them, and, before anyone can trust them to not keep starting wars against Gaza Palestine, every-time advancing, or trying to advance their illegitimate clam for the whole of the Levant.

    A “2-state” solution is farce. The world has to shake off fears of the covert threats from Israel’s extreme right wing, if we don’t let them have everything their way.

    It comes down to bringing on a SERIOUS debate on the very notion, especially in the “carved-up” Middles-East, of states’ territories, and, whether in this day-and-age, borders are anymore proper.

    Clearly, if the 2 state concept is an impossible and flawed one, another plan must be evolved.

    I say the zionists have the most work to do, and that’s upon their own psychoses, possessive, narcissistic and fanatical beyond all reality.

    We all must keep in mind, that the person who brought the idea of the state of Israel into existence at the end of the 19th century, Theodore Herzl, was himself an atheist.

    The world is moving on, so these cults and religions have a duty to listen and grow up, from the superstitions of olden, endarkened times.

    To that, the fanatical jewish cults, behind the brutalities, since 1948, are in the dock, and must face their own demons, peacefully, without their blind arrogance and foot-stomping for others seeing their troubles better than they.

    So Israel and neighboring Islamic states, must look afresh at the turmoil their power and beliefs have wrought upon the world, and try return to something of how it was before the 19th/20th century putsch for Israelis to have a homeland.

    I maintain the stance I’ve held for a few decades now, that they, but the world, has to grow beyond the whole notion of these false borders, and drop their narcissism and fundamentalist ideological beliefs, and work full-time to share the land once more.

    Not hopeful, of course. But there is no other way, short of a disgustingly psychotic, and cowardly Israeli cult leading us all down into the abyss of Armageddon.

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