Ireland’s lower house backs symbolic resolution on Palestine

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Ireland’s lower house of Parliament approved a nonbinding resolution calling on the government to formally recognize the state of Palestine.

The measure that passed unanimously late Tuesday night in the Dail was sponsored by the left-wing Sinn Fein party. It calls for a State of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

The motion is similar to one passed in October by the upper house of Parliament, the Seanad.

Spain and Britain recently passed similar nonbinding motions.