Australia commended for UN vote

December 3, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Zionist Federation of Australia has commended the Australian Government for maintaining its principled voting record in the United Nations.

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Yesterday, the UN General Assembly voted on five one-side resolutions involving Israel and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Australia voted against all five, being joined in that stance by Canada, Israel and the United States.

ZFA President Jeremy Leibler said, “Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne have made clear that Australia’s votes at the UN aren’t ‘pro-Israel’ or ‘pro-Palestine’, but depend on whether each resolution promotes or obstructs peace. Since the 1970s, the General Assembly has engaged in these annual one-sided attacks on Israel. These resolutions have achieved nothing for Palestinians, but have undermined the moral legitimacy of the UN General Assembly.” Mr Leibler concluded, “These resolutions have and continue to impede peace, and the Australian Government made the only moral decision available to it and voted no. We congratulate the government on its stance.”

Last year, Mr Morrison called out the UN as ‘the place where Israel is bullied and where antisemitism is cloaked in language about human rights’. The Zionist Federation of Australia awarded the Jerusalem Prize to Mr Morrison last year due to his ongoing efforts to strengthen the Australia–Israel relationship.

The resolutions passed yesterday in New York were annual resolutions that continue the operations of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (the only UN committee devoted to a single people) and divisions and ‘special information programmes’ that support and propagate the Committee’s work. These include the promotion of boycotts against Israel and the dissemination of material that only considers Israel’s alleged obstruction of peace, and never Palestinian actions. Another resolution, disarmingly named the ‘Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine’ repeatedly blames and condemns Israel for the lack of peace and doesn’t mention the many Palestinian acts that obstruct peace. A final resolution called on Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights, but ignored both the ethnic cleansing and other crimes against humanity carried out by the Syrian government over the last decade, and the fact that Syrian territory has been used to launch attacks against Israel over the same period.

This session of the UN General Assembly will likely include a total of 17 resolutions that single out Israel, and one resolution each on serial human rights abusers Iran, Syria, North Korea and Myanmar, with two resolutions about Crimea.

AIJAC’s National Chairman Mark Leibler and Executive Director Colin Rubenstein added: “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Australia has maintained its proud record of rejecting outrageous and biased motions put up every year at the United Nations General Assembly that seek to demonise Israel in a blatant denial of history and truth.

None of these resolutions further the cause for peace in the slightest. In fact, they do the very opposite by letting the Palestinian Authority avoid its responsibilities to return to the negotiating table. Since 1947, the international community has insisted that two states for two peoples is the only resolution to the conflict – which is something successive Palestinian leaders and political parties have refused to commit to. The Morrison  Australian government understands this is the true underlying cause for the lack of peace and a Palestinian state. Other governments around the world that purport to want to see an end to this long-running conflict, should follow Australia’s lead.”

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