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Supporting the Recognition of the State of Palestine

  • Submitted by: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 February 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-12196

That the Parliament supports the recognition of the State of Palestine and what it sees as the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, national independence, and sovereignty; understands that 138 United Nations member states have recognised the State of Palestine as of February 2024; notes the UK Parliament decision of October 2014 in favour of statehood; believes that state recognition is consistent with, and necessary to achieve, the Scottish and UK governments' desire for a two-state solution; considers that such a two-state solution would end the ongoing 76-year conflict and the 56 years of what it regards as the illegal military occupation of the Palestinian territories, and that it is key to ensuring peace and security for the people of Palestine and the people of Israel; believes that statehood recognition is the best way to ensure the dignity of, and justice for, the Palestinian people, given what it sees as the wasted years of failed peace talks; considers that it could also enable talks to progress under the auspices of an agreed international interlocutor, who could seek to agree any final status issues with Israel; believes that a functioning independent Palestinian state would enable the development of diplomatic and normal trade relations with other states, and also the development of its political, security, legal, economic and socio-cultural dimensions, and further believes that this would be the basis for lasting peace in the region for the peoples of Israel and Palestine and neighbouring states.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Sarah Boyack, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Bob Doris, James Dornan, Jackie Dunbar, Ross Greer, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Leonard, Ivan McKee, Stuart McMillan, Carol Mochan, Audrey Nicoll, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth, Kevin Stewart, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed, Elena Whitham