Coalition questions Labor’s Israel Support

June 2, 2011 by J-Wire Staff
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Shadow Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has slammed the Federal Government for failing to support a motion condemning Marrickville Council’s December decision to support boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

Following Labor’s decision this morning, Julie Bishop issued the following statement:

Julie Bishop

“The Labor Party today voted to block a Coalition motion to condemn Marrickville Council’s decision to support the campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

With the support of key independents, Labor voted to remove the section of the motion which condemned the joint anti-Israel actions of Greens and Labor councillors.

Labor has provided support to Greens and Labor members of Marrickville Council, protecting them from Parliamentary criticism about their decision to support the BDS campaign.

This exposes the hollow and empty rhetoric of Federal Labor MPs who publicly profess support for the State of Israel, but then fail to condemn the anti-Israel stance of the Greens/Labor Marrickville Council.

Labor also voted to block the Coalition’s criticism of the antisemitic group Hizb ut-Tahrir which has called for the slaughter of Jewish people.

The actions of Federal Labor MPs in Parliament today can only further embolden the anti-Israel elements within the Labor and union movement.

Labor stands condemned for its double standards and hyprocrisy.”

J-Wire has asked Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s media office to respond. We await an answer.

The motion presented in question is shown below:



2 Responses to “Coalition questions Labor’s Israel Support”
  1. Raoul Machal says:

    So now we have Islamism, Fascism and Watermelon Marxism all united in a putrid concoction of ill-informed dislike and blinding hatred towards the only Jewish State.

    Sympathising with ill-informed BDS activists and assorted moral flatliners of the Paliwood faction is bad enough; but how Labor can not condemn terrorist feeder groups like HuT is beyond comprehension. At least now everyone knows precisely who is friend – and who is foe.

  2. david singer says:

    I hope Kevin Rudd responds to your inquiry in detail and without delay.

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