Palestinian President Mahmud Abbad is to attending Tuesday’s Parliament session in Athens where it is likely that Greece will vote to recognize the state of Palestine.
Despite Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meeting with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu last month, the Greek parliament foreign affairs committee approved a motion to recognize Palestine last week.
Back in June, Athens announced that its officials would begin using the term “Palestine.”
“We decided to issue instructions throughout the Greek public administration for the uniform use of the term ‘Palestine’ when we refer to our friendly country,” Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said.
The Greek people have always been sympathetic to the Palestinian cause where banners calling for its freedom are often seen during protests, football matches and other social contexts.
Fans of Panathinaikos, Gate 13, unveil a banner calling for the Freedom of Palestine.
Greek football fans unveil the banner and flag during a match in Athens between Greece and Israel.
Fans of PAOK, Gate 3, unveil a banner saying Free Palestine.
Fans of AEK, Original 21, with a Palestinian banner.
Protesters outside the Greek Parliament with banners translating to Free for Palestine.