Skip to comments.Occupied’ label from East Jerusalem
Posted on 06/05/2014 5:15:12 PM PDT by SJackson
Attorney general says the term is freighted with pejorative implications and not useful
he Australian government will not refer to East Jerusalem as occupied, territory the government said in a statement on Thursday, in what one legislator called a massive shift in foreign policy.
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Attorney General George Brandis explained Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishops position that using the word occupied was judgmental and does not contribute to the dialogue about the contested area, the Australian Associated Press reported.
The description of East Jerusalem as occupied East Jerusalem is a term freighted with pejorative implications which is neither appropriate nor useful, Brandis said during a Senate meeting. It should not and will not be the practice of the Australian government to describe areas of negotiation in such judgmental language.
The decision came 47 years to the day after the 1967 Six Day War, in which the Jewish state captured East Jerusalem as well as the West Bank and other territories from Arab neighbors.
The country effectively annexed East Jerusalem in 1980, unifying the city under Israeli sovereignty, though most of the international community did not recognize the move.
On Wednesday night, Brandis came under fire after declaring that no Australia government, regardless of political persuasion, acknowledges or accepts calling East Jerusalem occupied.
Several lawmakers challenged Brandis, noting that in 2011 and 2012 Australia backed UN resolutions that did refer to East Jerusalem as occupied territory.
Independent senator Nick Xenophon noted that the statement amounted to a massive shift in Australias foreign policy.
In January, Bishop appeared to contest the view that Israeli settlements anywhere beyond the 1967 lines were illegal under international law.
I would like to see which international law has declared them illegal, she said in an interview with The Times of Israel, but added that she did not want to prejudge the fundamental issues, which should instead be discussed in the peace negotiations.
Bishops comments drew widespread condemnation from Palestinian and Australian officials. She wants to reinvent international law and call Israeli settlements legal. Or what else was Bishop trying to accomplish by showing her support to Israeli settlements? Palestinian chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat wrote at the time in an op-ed published in the Sydney Morning Herald. If Bishop wanted to show solidarity with an occupation that harms the rights of an occupied population, she did well.
In May, Australias ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma, drew fire after meeting with Housing Minister Uri Ariel in the latters East Jerusalem office.
It should be noted that diplomatic recognition of the situation created by the attempted annexation of our capital is a flagrant violation of international law, Erekat wrote to Canberra after that meeting, according to Haaretz.
What are we going to do about expanding settlements in the Occupied Indian Territory of Manhattan?
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Good for Australia, recognizing reality.
If East Jerusalem is occupied territory, then so is Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
Jordan (created for the Hashemites, former protectors of Mecca and Medina till Saud threw them out), Saudi Arabia, all the Emerites, Yemen, perhaps Egypt. They all came out of WWI
Israel has one of the most advanced pharma industries, many generics are made by firms like Teva.
If they won’t take Israeli goods from Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria, like Hebron and Jericho then the EU shouldn’t get cut price generics, and new break thru medicines either.
Notice the EU never asks the PA and Hamas to stop inciting violence, shooting 7,000 missiles into Israel, and killing Jews via terrorism.
Good for Australia!
I always refer to the so-called west bank and Gaza as “arab-occupied Judea and Samaria.”
We could also refer (quite creditably) to all of North Africa as occupied.
My knee gets wounded just thinking about it.