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Palestine stepping up towards further credibility; Jamaica joins recognition


The Government of Jamaica has recently taken a step in the decision to recognize Palestine as a state. The Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith confirmed the decision, which was released through a statement, following deliberations of the cabinet on Monday, April 22. “Jamaica continues to advocate for a two-state solution as the only viable option to resolve the longstanding conflict, guarantee the security of Israel and uphold the dignity and rights of Palestinians. By recognizing the State of Palestine, Jamaica strengthens its advocacy towards a peaceful solution,” Johnson Smith said in a statement released to the media. She noted: “The decision is aligned with Jamaica’s strong commitment to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, which seek to engender mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among states, as well as the recognition of the right of peoples to self-determination.” The minister reiterated Jamaica’s concerns regarding the Gaza war and the ever-deepening humanitarian crisis, together with the Government’s advocacy for a peaceful resolution of the conflict through diplomatic dialogue rather than military actions between Israel and Palestine. According to the statement, Johnson Smith reaffirmed Jamaica’s support for an immediate ceasefire, the release of hostages and increased access to humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, especially the many women and children who are suffering daily. “Jamaica continues to support all efforts for de-escalation and the establishment of lasting peace in the region, imploring all parties to consider the dire consequences of further conflict and commit to diplomatic solutions ensuring the safety and sovereignty of all,” she said. Jamaica has joined the 140 Member States of the United Nations and the 11 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that have recognized the State of Palestine, including Ecuador, Egypt, India, Iceland, Romania, Poland, Burundi, Thailand, Tanzania, Iraq, Sweden, Russia, Guyana, Haiti, Suriname, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Barbados, in doing so, became the 141st country to recognize Palestine and the 11th in the Caribbean Community. Palestine was not a country before Israel, as while the State of Israel was established on 15 May 1948 and admitted to the United Nations, a Palestinian State was not established. The remaining territories of pre-1948 Palestine, the West Bank – including East Jerusalem- and the Gaza Strip, were administered from 1948 till 1967 by Jordan and Egypt, respectively. The former Soviet Union was one of the first countries to recognize Palestine’s independence on 18 November 1988, Algeria recognized it on 15 November 1988, Jordan recognized the State of Palestine on 31 July 1988 and Cyprus recognized it on 15 November 1988. So far, 28 UN member states do not recognize Israel and 15 members of the Arab League (Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen), ten non-Arab members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Niger and Pakistan) and Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela. But, in 2002, the Arab League proposed the recognition of Israel by Arab countries as a pathway toward a resolution of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict under the Arab Peace Initiative, but the move failed to do anything to resolve the crisis and the conflict continued until now killing more than 30,000 Palestinians, roughly non-militaries; children and women. Recently, membership of Palestine was discussed at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting but, the United States voted against it. This was a vicious act that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reacted and condemned. Other member countries of the United Nations Security Council voted in favor of Palestine’s membership to the organization but the Biden administration voted against meaning that that country was fueling further conflict in the region and doing everything against the innocent Palestinians who are only fighting for their freedom and willing to protect their independence against the occupying Zionist regime. Abu Inam Hashemi

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