UK is gearing up to recognize Palestine as an independent state. A bill to officially recognize Palestine as an independent state has been submitted on Wednesday to the House of Commons by the first ever British Liberal Democrat MP of Palestinian descent, Laura Moran.
Layla Moran said in a video she shared before submitting the bill to the House of Commons that she is very proud for being elected as the first Liberal Democrat MP of Palestinian origin in the U.K. But, “it remains the fact that Britain has not officially recognized Palestine as a state and I believe that is something that should change”.
The MP urges all parliament members to back this bill and to “step up to the plate and lead” over the issue of the status of Palestine given the fact the US can no longer fulfill its function as an honest broker and sponsor of the peace process. US President Donald Trump has, indeed, formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December.
The Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PCC) thus ratified that Washington had “lost its eligibility to function as a mediator”, until it reverses its decision. In this regard, Moran said she is “in favor of a two-state solution, but until the state of Palestine is recognized, the two actors can’t come to the table as equal partners”.
Palestine has been recognized by above 70% of the 193 member states of the UN
The bill to recognize Palestine as an independent state will be published in the next few days, and, if passed by the Senate, would require the UK Government to officially recognize the state of Palestine within 3 months of the draft law being passed.
The international recognition of Palestine as an independent state has been the objective of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) since the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Palestinian National Council on 15 November 1988 in Algiers.
Today, Palestine has been recognized by above 70 percent of the 193 member states of the United Nations, and many other countries, such as France, Luxembourg, and Belgium are planning to recognize Palestinian state formally.
Recognizing Palestine as an independent state by the UK is a concrete expression of support for Palestinian rights and freedom. But the state’s recognition by the UK alone “won’t be a solution, doing it would go some way to reigniting the spark of hope that has gone out in the heart of Palestinians across the world.”