Within two years, the 75th anniversaries of the adoption of UN Resolution 181 on the Partition of Palestine and the establishment of the State of Israel will be marked, yet the Palestinian people remain under the yoke of the Israeli occupation, held hostage to Israel’s willingness to negotiate their future, with no end in sight. The Gaza Strip is under siege and in the throes of a humanitarian crisis, East Jerusalem and Palestinian villages on its periphery have been under illegal annexation since 1967, and Israel’s encroachment on Palestinian lands in the West Bank continues unabated, threatening the viability of a future State of Palestine and in flagrant violation of the 4th Geneva Convention and international customary law.
The Campaign for the recognition of the State of Palestine brings together European, Israeli, and Palestinian civil society and trade union organisations to push for the recognition of the State of Palestine as the 194th full member of the United Nations (UN). Two years from the 75th anniversaries of the adoption of UN Resolution 181 on the Partition of Palestine and the establishment of the State of Israel, it is time to recognise the State of Palestine as a sovereign and autonomous state, and stop human rights violations and displacement of Palestinians in the region.
With the support of organisations from the EU, Israel, Palestine and the diaspora, we call upon Europe to recognize the urgency and lead a diplomatic initiative that aims to achieve a just and sustainable resolution of this long-standing conflict. The commitment undertaken by Europe in the Venice Declaration of June 1980, which recognizes the Palestinian people’s right to fully exercise self-determination, must be implemented without further delay.
The campaign for the Recognition of Palestine is based on these principles:
If we support International Law and the principles of the United Nations Charter, if we assume our obligations written in the European Convention on Human Rights and if we wish to be coherent with our democratic values, all of us, states and citizens, are obliged and responsible to stand up against the annexation of the Palestinian territories, calling on the Israeli government to respect international law and existing United Nations resolutions.
Palestinian people have the same right of self-determination as the Israeli people. The Israeli state has been declared on 14/5/1948 and recognized as UN member on 11/05/1949; it is now time to recognize the Palestinian state with full sovereignty.
We already count with the support of several national and international civil society organisations (CSOs), non-governmental organisations and government representatives. Check out the list of supporters here.