NIF Australia asks Australia to oppose Israel’s planned annexation

May 30, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The New Israel Fund Australia has written to Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne urging opposition to the Israeli plans to annexe part of the West Bank.

Liam Getreu

President Dr Ilna Snyder and executive director Liam Getreu penned the following letter:

“We write to urge you to continue Australia’s support for a negotiated agreement between Israel and the Palestinians for a two-state solution, and to strongly express your opposition to the new Israeli government’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank.

We believe that it is important for Israel’s closest allies around the world to send a strong message against annexation and other threats to Israel’s democracy.

New Israel Fund Australia is the leading Australian non-profit supporting democracy and equality in Israel. We are dedicated to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and alleviating hardship and suffering caused by inequality. Together with our global NIF partners, over the last 40 years, NIF has distributed more than US$300 million in grants.

We are listening carefully to what our grantees in Israel are telling us about the proposal to annex unilaterally territory held by Israel since 1967. Our grantees fear that annexation would make the unequal and discriminatory legal system in the West Bank formal and permanent, and irrevocably harm Israel’s democratic character. Our grantees also tell us that annexation of only a portion of the West Bank would further diminish the already fragile chances of a negotiated agreement between Israel and its Palestinian neighbours.

We believe that the consequences of the proposed unilateral moves are grave – for the Palestinian people, whose basic rights and aspirations for statehood would be permanently denied; but also for Israel’s democratic character, its security and its international standing.

Our alarm at these consequences is shared by others in the Australian Jewish community who, along with NIF, have a track record of supporting and associating themselves with Israel.

New Israel Fund Australia urges the Morrison government to oppose any attempts towards unilateral annexation. We welcome the opportunity to discuss these issues with you.”

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2 Responses to “NIF Australia asks Australia to oppose Israel’s planned annexation”
  1. Clayton Miller says:

    The NIF (“Not Israel’s Friend”) need not worry about Israel “annexing” any land for a simple reason; it already belongs to Israel under international law.

    Specifically, Article 6 of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine (preserved under Article 80 of the U.N. Charter) calls for “close Jewish settlement” on the land West of the Jordan river.

  2. Paul Winter says:

    The NIF letter is below contempt! It falsely asserts that COGAT’s administration of Judea and Samaria results in an unequal and discriminatory legal system, but fails to mention that it COGAT is only applying the laws of the illegal occupier, Jordan. The NIF claims to support Israel, but in fact funds organisations supporting BDS and approaches governments to act against Israel as it is doing now. Its several references to its grantees views, begs the question of who these people or groups are. And its claim to support democracy is destroyed by its efforts to undermine the democratic choice of the Jewish people to apply Israeli law to areas which it has had a legal right to since 1922. It seeks to support the rights of the PA which claims all of Israel and refuses to negotiate for anything less than complete surrender by Israel.

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