MCB: Time for UK government to do what is morally right
The following is a press release by the Muslim Council of Britain regarding the Palestine state.
Palestine statehood vote – Time for UK government to do what is morally right
Our Government must vote to recognise Palestine as a Sovereign State, with no conditions attached
27th November 2012
The Muslim Council calls on our Government and the international community to ascribe the Palestinians their basic human rights and not delay the UN membership of Palestine. An opinion poll conducted by Avaaz, one of the world's biggest campaigning organisations, showed that 72% of the UK public want a Palestinian state and a petition launched by them has so far been signed by over 1.6 million people and increases by the minute.
Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB said: “The events we have witnessed over the last few days in Israel and Gaza points to the fact that now, more so than ever, there is an urgent need for Palestine to be recognised as an independent state. The news report that our government is imposing condition that for such UK support the Palestinian state must pledge not to pursue Israel for war crimes is plainly shameful and will be rejected by all fair minded British citizens”.
President Barack Obama, in his speech in Cairo in 2009, insisted: "Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel's right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine's." It is high time now for these words to be put into action. “We have seen too many lives being lost, too many conflicts and too many innocent people suffering. Both Palestine and Israel have the right to live without fear, have rights to live life in peace and prosper as a nation. Only when Palestine takes its place as a sovereign member of the international community, lasting peace in the region will prevail” said Farooq Murad.