A Israeli deputy Sharren Haskel sent a letter to the Israeli government, demanding “the recognition of the Basque Country and Catalonia [entre outras regiões] as independent nations”.

It was the New Hope party deputy herself who shared a copy of the letter on social media, in response to the announcement that the president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, decided to recognize Palestine as a state, officially, on May 28th.

“Spain must be responded to in kind”, said the deputy in the letter, entitled ‘Petition to mark and recognize the independence of Catalonia, the Basque Country, Galicia, Andalusia, Valencia, Aragon, the Canary Islands and the Balearics’.

“How can Spain work for the self-determination of others while denying it to the regions within it?”questioned the deputy, adding that these communities showed their desire for independence “through peaceful means and democratic processes”.

Furthermore, Haskel argued that the regions in question have “a rich cultural heritage”, and that “for many years” they have “struggled” to “manage themselves, cultivate their identity and determine their destiny”.

The announcement made by Spain, Ireland and Norway that they will recognize the State of Palestine on May 28 comes in the midst of a war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which has been ongoing for more than seven months.

It also means that Palestine will be recognized by 11 Member States of the European Union, as Spain and Ireland will join Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Slovakia.

At the United Nations, 137 of the organization’s 193 members have already unilaterally recognized the State of Palestine, according to the Palestinian National Authority.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2567184/espanha-reconhece-palestina-deputada-israelita-pede-igual-para-catalunha

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