AIJAC applauds government’s principled vote against UNHRC resolution predetermining Israel’s guilt

May 22, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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AIJAC has applauded the principled stand the Australian Government took in opposing the one-sidedly anti-Israel resolution to set up an inquiry into the violence in Gaza at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week.

Dr Colin Rubenstein

Executive director Dr Colin Rubenstein stated: “We also commend Prime Minister Turnbull for exposing Hamas as the instigator of the violence while reiterating Israel’s right to self-defence and secure borders.

Australia can hold its head high as the only member state along with the US to oppose this biased and counter-productive resolution whose language predetermined Israeli guilt before any investigation was even begun. At a time when Israel’s borders are at risk from Iran and its proxies, including Hamas, it is unfortunate that world bodies, including the UNHRC, single out Israel as the aggressor whilst avoiding any mention of Hamas or its activities. The Government promised not to support one-sided resolutions when it recently joined the Council and we commend the Government for keeping its promise.

We are however disappointed at the comments by Labor MP Anthony Albanese on ABC television on Sunday morning. His characterisation of recent events in Gaza where he placed responsibility squarely on Israel and chastised the Government for its principled and pragmatic approach at the UN Human Rights Council is concerning. He fell into the trap of pre-determining the results of any investigation by insinuating that Israel used disproportionate force  – as well as incorrectly accusing Israel of expanding settlements in Gaza where no settlements exist. We trust that Labor Party leader Bill Shorten and his parliamentary colleagues will pursue a genuinely constructive approach, recognising some of the real obstacles to a final lasting peace in the lead-up to the Labor National Conference in July.”


2 Responses to “AIJAC applauds government’s principled vote against UNHRC resolution predetermining Israel’s guilt”
  1. Leon Poddebsky says:

    The Labor chap was just auditioning for a job at a circus.
    His performance will surely land him one, whereupon he will resign from parliament in order to further the career for which he actually has some aptitude.

  2. Eion Isaac says:

    Seventy thousand predominately combat aged men gathered hundreds were likely to have been secretly armed with explosives and guns hoping for a breakthrough under cover of the smokescreens from burning tyres .
    Israel could not be certain no heavily armed death squads were among the tyre burners and fire kites .
    We know reconaissance drone were shot down .With what ?
    Tear gas was used a weapon regarded as non lethal yet Hamas allowed ill children in the area a clear tragedy awaited the fault really of Hamas .

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