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Vote for Palestinian state supported by ‘true friends of Israel’ – MP Grahame Morris

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Watch the full episode here: http://bit.ly/ZDGxJs Grahame Morris, Labour MP for Easington in County Durham and the man who presented the motion for the vote in the House of Commons, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about Parliament’s vote to recognise the state of Palestine. He says the vote had a huge turnout for one brought from the back benches, and David Cameron should take note of the vote and the debate, with reservations expressed about Israel and the impasse in the peace process. He says it reflects UK public opinion, with outrage over the recent strikes in Gaza. It is important, he believes, to apply social justice and the rule of law equally, so if British citizens commit war crimes, whether in Iraq and Syria, or fighting with the IDF, they are held to account. He hopes other countries will follow suit, and that this will force the impasse to change. Whilst Cameron is not obliged to act on the vote, he thinks that he would be a fool not to act on it, and pressure must be brought on Israel to move forward with a two-state solution. It would afford security to Israel as well as Palestine, and should be supported by ‘true friends’ of Israel. He says that Israel has had a ‘veto’ over UK foreign policy, and whilst it isn’t an official veto, it influenced the UK failing to recognise Palestine at the UN general assembly when 134 other countries did. And he hopes this ‘important and historic’ vote will influence people to take the peace process forward for the benefit of the Palestinians and the Israelis. LIKE Going Underground http://fb.me/GoingUndergroundRT FOLLOW Going Underground http://twitter.com/Underground_RT FOLLOW Afshin Rattansi http://twitter.com/AfshinRattansi FOLLOW on Instagram http://instagram.com/officialgoingundergroundrt