“Positive contribution”: EU states to consider joint recognition of Palestine on May 21

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (left) and Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris. (Design: Chronicle of Palestine)

By the Palestine Chronicle team

Ireland, Spain, Slovenia and Malta reportedly intensified contacts with a view to jointly recognizing Palestinian statehood on that day.

Several European Union member states are considering jointly recognizing the State of Palestine on May 21, according to reports.

Citing Irish public broadcaster RT on Wednesday, Anadolu news agency reported that Ireland, Spain, Slovenia and Malta recently intensified contacts to jointly recognize the Palestinian state on that day.

In a joint statement on March 22, former Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his Spanish, Maltese and Slovenian counterparts said they had discussed their “readiness to recognize Palestine and said we would do so when it can bring a positive contribution and that the circumstances will be met. RIGHT.”

On May 6, Prime Minister Simon Harris held what a government spokesperson described as “good and in-depth” talks with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez regarding the “serious situation in the Middle East.”

“Formal recognition of Palestine is important in recognizing that a two-state solution is the way to achieve peace and stability in the region,” Harris posted on X at the time.

“Hungry for progress” – Spain and Ireland discuss recognition of Palestinian state

ICJ case

Irish Deputy Prime Minister Micheal Martin told a meeting of his Green party that Ireland would intervene in the genocide case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) shortly after South Africa filed its file to the bottom, which should be done by October, according to the broadcaster.

Martin described the genocidal attack on Gaza as “a blatant violation of international humanitarian law on a large scale.”

He also noted that Ireland was pressuring the European Commission to respond to a letter sent by Ireland and Spain requesting a review of the EU-Israel association agreement.

A devastating toll

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against the Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war in Gaza since October 7.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 34,904 Palestinians have been killed and 78,514 injured during the ongoing Israeli genocide in Gaza which began on October 7.

Additionally, at least 11,000 people are missing, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes across the Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian and international organizations say the majority of those killed and injured are women and children.

The Israeli war has led to acute famine, mainly in northern Gaza, resulting in the deaths of many Palestinians, mostly children.

Israeli aggression has also led to the forced displacement of nearly two million people from across the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of those displaced forced to take refuge in the densely populated southern city of Rafah, near the border with Egypt – in what became the largest city in Palestine. Mass exodus since the Nakba of 1948.

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Israel says 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa flooding operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed that day by “friendly fire.”

(Anadolu, PC)