The Hague council narrowly backs Gaza ceasefire motion

City Hall in The Hague

Councillors in The Hague have voted narrowly in favour of a motion condemning the violence in Gaza, the occupied territories, and Israel, as well as calling for an immediate ceasefire.

“The Hague is the second UN city in the world and is known as the city of peace and justice,” the Haagse Stadspartij, which drew up the motion, said in a statement. “Article 90 of the Dutch constitution states that the government actively strives to promote the international legal order.”

So far the Netherlands has abstained on UN motions calling for an immediate ceasefire.

“The situation is deteriorating towards catastrophe with potentially irreversible consequences for the Palestinian people, and peace and security in the region. It is important that a city like The Hague calls for an immediate end to hostilities,” said Stadspartij councillor Fatima Faïd.

The motion, passed by a majority of just one vote, was backed by Groenlinks, DENK, SP, PvdA, PvdD, and D66.

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