Sheffield (QNN)- Sheffield has become the first UK city to recognise Palestine, a move it hopes will pressure other cities and ultimately the UK government to follow suit.
The local authority passed a motion on Wednesday, proposed by Council leader Julie Dore, and seconded by Cllr Adam Hurst, calling for the recognition of the rights of Palestinians to their own state.
“There has to be a right of the Palestinian people to live in peace and security as well as the right of Israel,” the motion states.
Sheffield City Council, like most city councils in the north of the UK, consists predominantly of Labour Party councillors. It now hopes its action will increase pressure on the Conservative-held UK government to follow in its footsteps.
The passing of the motion was preceded by a ceremony during which the Palestinian flag was raised outside the city’s Town Hall by Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Husam Zomlot.
Zomlot described the recognition as a “great act” of historic significance, while Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) “welcome[d] the Council drawing attention to the continuing denial of self-determination to the Palestinian people”.
“We know from our campaigning activities that most people in the city will welcome the Council’s position,” Sheffield PSC’s statement continued. “We hope that this initiative will be followed by measures aimed at ending British military and economic collusion with Israel’s occupation and colonisation of Palestinian land.”