Green Party tables motion to recognise Palestinian statehood

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has tabled a motion in the house to recognise and support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and statehood through a two-state solution.

Green Party Foreign Affairs and Human Rights spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman calls on the New Zealand Parliament to join the Green Party in recognising the rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination and statehood.

“This is about acknowledging the humanity and dignity of Palestinians at a time when they are facing extreme violence and degradation, once again, at the hands of Israeli occupying forces,” Golriz Ghahraman said today.

“The harrowing violence we are witnessing in Gaza and East Jerusalem are part of an ongoing atrocity against the Palestinian people.

“Violence against civilians, whether committed by Hamas or the Israeli Defence Force must be condemned in the strongest terms, but the massively disproportionate death toll, over 200 Palestinian deaths, 50 of them children, and ten Israelis, including two children, speaks to the context of a powerful military force indiscriminately attacking a trapped community.

“The path forward from the latest bout of violence must be lasting peace, supported by the international community. Statehood as part of a two state solution would uphold and celebrate the inherent rights and dignity of Palestinians.

“It would allow that strong and resilient community to move forward to a future where Palestinian children can look forward to building their lives free from violence, with hopes and dreams that they so richly deserve.”

Palestinian statehood with a two-state solution is a long-term Green Party policy.

Golriz Ghahraman will seek leave to move the motion tomorrow, 19 May.

ENDS

Latest Foreign Affairs Announcements

Story

Political parties call for action on Iran

Parties from across Parliament have come together to call on the Government to take decisive action to hold those responsible for violence and huma...
Read More

Story

Greens call for sanctions on Iranian regime

The Green Party is calling for Aotearoa New Zealand to follow the EU, UK, and Canada by imposing sanctions and restrictions on the organisations an...
Read More

Story

Green Party applauds strength of Iranian protestors and communities

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand applauds the strength of Iranian protestors and the communities supporting them in Iran and around the worl...
Read More

Story

At-risk Afghans evacuated to Aotearoa must be reunited with family

One year on from the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, the Green Party is calling on the Government to do more to support our most at-risk evacuees.
Read More

Story

Pacific engagement must tackle climate change and avoid militarisation

Aotearoa must retain its independent foreign policy in the Pacific region, the Green Party says.
Read More

Story

Greens support resettlement for Ukrainian refugees

The Green Party urges the Government to offer to resettle and support Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russian violence and persecution.
Read More