Palestine

Clerics urge Palestine state recognition

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Top Palestinian Christian clerics have called on European countries to recognize the state of Palestine.

According to Press TV, the letter issued by the Palestinian leaders of the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Lutheran Churches on Friday stated “We are tired of negotiations while our people continue to be humiliated by an occupying force.”

The letter added “Europe has a moral, legal and political duty to hold Zionist regime accountable and support Palestinian non-violent initiatives to end the Israeli occupation, including the recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 border with east al-Quds as its capital.”

The clerics’ plea comes shortly after Sweden stated it will formally recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

Meanwhile, the lower house of Britain’s parliament has announced its plan to hold a vote over the recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state on October 13.

On November 29, 2012, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status to non-member observer state.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip and are demanding that Zionist regime withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

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