Spanish Socialist party to submit motion recognizing ‘Palestine’

The Congress of Deputies of Spain in session. (photo credit: public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

Spain’s Socialist party announced a new motion to recognize Palestinian statehood.

The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, the second largest party in Spanish congress with 110 seats out of 350, earlier this month had announced its intention to submit a draft motion calling for the recognition on Oct. 30, the 23rd anniversary of the Madrid talks which preceded the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday that 300 left-wing Israeli public figures signed a petition encouraging the Spanish congress to vote in favor of recognition for “Palestine,” including a former director of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alon Liel, and numerous actors, as well as activists with the Peace Now left-wing movement.

The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party announcement follows the passage of similar draft motions earlier this month in Britain’s lower house and in the Irish parliament’s upper house, as well as a statement by the new prime minister of Sweden in which he declared his country’s intention to recognize “Palestine” during his inaugural address in parliament…