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Italian Parliament Becomes Latest European Body to Back Palestinian State

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Palazzo Montecitorio, the seat of the Chamber of Deputies. Photo: Wikipedia. The Italian legislature became the latest European body to back a non-binding resolution supporting the unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies voted 300-45 to pass the measure, which was presented by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party. Palestine Liberation Organization execution committee member Hanan Ashrawi quickly praised the move, but lamented that the resolution “did not commit to the unconditional and official recognition of the state of Palestine.”

Similar resolutions were recently passed in European countries including Ireland, the U.K., France, Portugal, and Spain. The European Parliament also approved a non-binding Palestinian statehood resolution. Sweden has been the only country to go further by granting official government recognition to a Palestinian state.

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