Thailand officially recognizes Palestinian statehood

– Thai foreign ministry spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said the recognition ”has been under consideration for some time”.

”We felt that now was an appropriate time to proceed with the recognition of the state of Palestine, which was done earlier this week,” he told AFP.

Mr Thani said the move was unrelated to the recent charging of a Lebanese man suspected of planning an attack in Bangkok, who had alleged links to the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Muslim Shiite group Hezbollah. [Bangkok Post]

– Thailand is a popular destination with Israeli backpackers after fulfilling their IDF service.

Iceland recognises Palestinian state

Iceland has become the first western european country to recognise Palestine as an independent state.

The Icelandic parliament said in a statement on its website that it had passed a motion with 38 of 63 votes in favour of a resolution to recognse Palestine “as an independent and sovereign state” based on borders predating the six-day war of 1967.

“Iceland is the first country in western europe to take this step,” Ossur Skarphedinsson, the minister for foreign affairs, told RUV, the Icelandic national broadcasting service. He said the vote had given him the authority to make a formal declaration on the government’s behalf, but before doing so he would discuss the move with other Nordic countries.

The resolution, which coincided with the UN’s annual day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, recognised the Palestine Liberation Organisation as the legal authority for a Palestinian state and urged Israel and Palestine to reach a peace agreement. [Associated Press]

Say Stop

– I do not understand why the world still does not put an end to what is happening between Israel and Palestine. Israel has repeatedly abused, murdered, thrown out innocent Palestinians from their homes, and all are quiet and do not dare to speak out.

I’m not anti-Jewish or -Israelis, I am not judging people based on their religion or ethnicity, never, because believe me there are many Israelis and Jews who themselves believe this to be wrong. I would have been anti-Palestine if they did so against the Israelis. I am in favor of a free society, where your ethnicity does not determine where you are going to live or whether you should be shot or not. Certainly there are Palestinians throwing stones, who sends rockets, and behave like idiots, I’m against them too because I am absolutely against innocent murder, but somehow people need to understand.

If immigrants in Sweden came and took over and threw out the Swedes out of their homes, would you not do the same? … [Ana Gina, on her own blog]