New Zealand’s ruling Labour Party has joined the growing weight of global opinion that recognizing Palestinian statehood is a prerequisite to a just solution.
The Labour Party’s commitment entails extending an invitation to the head of the General Delegation of Palestine, allowing them to present their credentials as an ambassador to New Zealand.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in February held a meeting with Izzat Salah Abdulhadi, who serves as the head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
This action would align New Zealand with the prevailing sentiment observed at the United Nations, where 139 out of 193 member states have already recognized Palestine’s sovereignty.
The Green Party of New Zealand earlier put forward a motion asking the parliament to recognize Palestine as a state.
Advocacy organizations like Justice for Palestine and Alternative Jewish Voices have expressed their support for this commitment.
“It’s great to see the Labour Party joining the Green Party in making a commitment to recognize Palestine if elected. In doing so they are continuing Aotearoa New Zealand’s tradition of taking independent and principled stances on foreign policy issues from nuclear free to standing up against apartheid.” Justice for Palestine spokesperson, Neil Ballantyne, said.
“We have faith that just as ordinary New Zealanders were not prepared to stand by in silence while the South African government maintained an apartheid regime, we will not be silent while Palestinians suffer similar indignities and will reward those politicians who are taking this courageous stance,” he continued.