Ok I would be the first to admit that I don't always like what emerges out of the house of commons, but as a result of tireless campaigning, yesterday finally resulted in the historic occasion which resulted in the UK Parliament voting to recognise the state of Palestine. This follows the Swedish Parliaments decision to do the same. Wonderful news. It saw as many as 274 voting for the motion to 12 against in a momentous event that gave me much joy, when usually the only thing that emerges from these dusty corners are dark shadows.
Surely it is a big thanks to all who for years have marched, demonstrated for the rights of the Palestinian people and is also a sign of times in the fact that British Parliament seems to have noticed and reflected what it's people really feel in the wake of Israels recent onlslaught in Gaza, that left over 2,000 Palestinians dead, and that people are now wide awake to its continuing illegal military occupation and recognise that Israel is losing the battle for public opinion and is part of a growing international trend that demands justice for the Palestinians. The time is now right for the Palestinians to have the state that it deserves.
This symbolic vote will mean absolutely nothing if further action is not taken, to bring the Palestinians dream of statehood into reality. International pressure must continue to be mounted until oppression is ended and the maxim from the 'rivers to the sea' is finally achieved.