ECAJ praises government

September 25, 2009 by J-Wire Staff
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The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has written to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, commending the government for its walkout of the UN General Assembly during Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s antisemitic tirade.

ECAJ President Robert Goot wrote:

The Australian Jewish community is both proud of and grateful for, the principled stand of the Australian Government resulting in the Australian delegation to the UN General Assembly walking out of the Assembly during the speech of the President of Iran.

As at Durban 11 in Geneva earlier this year, Ahmadinejad’s address to the General Assembly was an entirely unacceptable tirade against Israel and the Jewish people regurgitating age old rascist lies, canards and stereotypes.

The Australian Government’s reaction to the address, together with the government’s of regrettably, only 12 other nations, helps to restore our faith not in the UN, but in the basic decency and adherence to civilised values and principles in international relations of those courageous nations.

We applaud your government and its steadfast support of these fundamental values.

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