Greens manifesto fails to commit to two-state solution

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Greens manifesto fails to commit to two-state solution

Party’s election manifesto calls for ban on sale of arms to Israel and says there is ‘strong evidence’ of a ‘genocide’ in Gaza

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Greens co-leader Carla Denyer launches party's election 2024 manifesto
Greens co-leader Carla Denyer launches party's election 2024 manifesto

The Greens general election manifesto has failed to include a commitment by the party to support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.

The document also says there is “strong evidence to support South Africa’s submission to the International Court of Justice that Israel is guilty of genocide in its conduct in Gaza”.

Launched by co-leaders Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay at an event in East Sussex on Wednesday, the manifesto also included a call to end arms sales to Israel.

It called for recognition of the state of Palestine and an “urgent international effort to end the illegal occupation of Palestinian land” and for “a durable political solution that ensures security and equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians”.

Jewish News contacted the Greens to ask if this “political solution” would include the two-state one.

A spokesperson said: “The long-term agreement is for the people of the region to decide between themselves.”

Greens manifesto on Israel and Palestine

In reference to the October 7 massacre in southern Israel, the manifesto noted the party “condemned the appalling murder of hundreds of Israeli civilians by Hamas”.

It then adds:”Since then we have watched in horror as Israeli forces have committed war crimes that have caused the deaths of tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians.”

Earlier Greens co-leader Adrian Ramsay faced criticism over the party’s attempt to deal with antisemitism claims.Greens leader unaware if election candidates who praised Oct 7 are standing

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