Indian organisations condemn NSW Labor Palestine resolution

July 18, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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Eight Australian Indian organisations have condemned the resolution urging unconditional recognition of Palestine proposed for the NSW Labor conference later this month.

 

Karthik Subramanayam, Hindu Council of Australia, Sanjeev Bhakri, Secretary, Hindu Council of Australia, Balesh Singh Dhakar, President, Friends of BJP Australia, Lynda Ben-Menashe, Peter Wertheim and Vic Alhadeff

Issuing a statement after meeting with state and federal Jewish representative bodies, the Indian leaders said “the push from some quarters in Australia for recognition of a Palestinian state other than in the context of a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel may for the most part be well-intended but is fundamentally misconceived. This development threatens to introduce the hatreds and bitterness of foreign conflicts into Australia and damage the peaceful and tolerant fabric of Australian society.”

The Indian and Sikh leaders said “pressuring only one side to make unilateral concessions, without reciprocal initiatives from the other party, will serve only to discourage both peoples against making the hard compromises that will be essential for a just and durable outcome.”

The statement also refers to “what has thus far been an irreconcilable philosophical and political division between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas”, and concludes that “there is no Palestinian entity which meets the legal and diplomatic criteria of a state.”

Welcoming the deepening friendship between India and Israel following last week’s visit to Israel by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the statement goes on to say: “Recognition of a state of Palestine other than as an outcome of a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel would do nothing to resolve the core issues of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, in particular Jerusalem, refugees, borders, settlements, security and water. The complex arrangements required to address these core issues will require co-operation between the parties via detailed agreements, not grandiloquent, symbolic statements of recognition by outside parties.”

“Recognition of a State of Palestine at the present time, and in the absence of any peace agreement with Israel, would therefore not only undermine the international rule of law, but would also lay the foundations for opening a new phase of the Palestinians’ conflict with Israel, rather than for resolving the conflict. This would be contrary to the interests of both Israelis and Palestinians. In view of this, we support a call to initiate and foster peace initiatives based on mutual acceptance and respect for both Palestine and Israel, else humankind would not have learned anything from history.”

The statement was signed by Assocham Australia, the Council of Indian Australians, Friends of India, the Hindu Council of Australia, the Australian Sikh Association, OFBJP Australia, the United Indian Association and Dr Yadu Singh after a meeting with Executive Council of Australian Jewry executive director Peter Wertheim, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff and Community Relations and Policy Manager Lynda Ben-Menashe.

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2 Responses to “Indian organisations condemn NSW Labor Palestine resolution”
  1. rafi plotkin says:

    At last we have support from an honest and significant group.
    Surrounded by irrational hatred it is wonderful to be welcomed and accepted by people with integrity,objectivity and wisdom.Long may this friendship survive and flourish.

  2. john nemesh says:

    Very significant!

    And we are very grateful!

    Thank you.

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