Portuguese Parliament Joins European Counterparts in Recognizing Palestine’s Nakba Catastrophe
Acknowledgement of the Palestinian Struggle
The Portuguese Parliament has officially recognized the Nakba catastrophe, the occupation of Palestine that took place in 1948. The bill applauds the struggle of the Palestinian people for their right to self-determination. The Socialist Party, the Communist Party, and the Left Bloc coalition in the Portuguese Parliament all voted in favor, leading to a majority vote in favor of the bill.
A Call to Action Against Expansionist Policies
Furthermore, the Portuguese Parliament condemned the expansionist policies of the Zionist regime and the annexation of Palestinian territories to the occupied lands. The Parliament has urged the government of Portugal to adopt a clear and decisive stance in defense of the rights of the Palestinian people.
However, not all parties were in agreement. The Social Democrat Party and the right-wing extremist party, Chega, voted against the bill.
Part of a Broader European Initiative
Middle Eastern newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that the Portuguese Parliament’s move to officially recognize the rights of Palestinians against Zionist aggression and occupation is part of a broader initiative in European parliaments to defend the struggle of the Palestinian people for their right to self-determination.
With the passing of this bill, the Portuguese Parliament becomes the fifth European parliament after France, Ireland, England, and Spain to officially recognize the right to establish an independent Palestinian state.
Reactions from the Palestinian Side
The Palestinian self-governing bodies’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed approval of the move by the Portuguese Parliament. They see it as a significant gesture of solidarity with the Palestinian people, who have been under occupation for over 75 years.
The Ministry also expressed hope that the Portuguese government would soon recognize an independent Palestinian state, following the passage of this bill in the country’s parliament.
This decision by the Portuguese parliament reflects a growing international recognition of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. It is a significant step that contributes to the wider discourse surrounding the rights of the Palestinian people and the future of an independent Palestinian state. While this move has been welcomed by many, it has also sparked opposition, reflecting the complex and multifaceted nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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