Media release from The General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Canberra, November 26, 2013.
Australia is isolating itself from the international community by reversing its
position on the illegality of Israeli settlements and voting against two resolutions
and abstaining on another two resolutions on the question of Palestine, in the
25th Session of the UN Fourth Committee last week.
The United Nation General Assembly will convene tomorrow, Tuesday,
November 26th, New York time to vote on Four Resolutions on the Question of
Palestine. This vote will be final and it is hoped Australia will alter its voting from
the previous UN Fourth Committee.
The Fourth committee resolutions condemned Israeli settlements and called for
respect and the application of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, also known
as the Law of Occupation, to Israel’s on-going occupation of Palestine.
Despite settlements being illegal and the international community upholding the
application of the Fourth Geneva Convention to Palestine, Australia abstained
from any condemnation of Israeli settlements and application of the Law of
Australia has reversed its position on settlements and on the applicability of the
Fourth Geneva Convention, and now stands with few countries against the
international community, which recognizes Israeli settlements as illegal. The
previous Australian Government voted in favor of these resolutions, which
upheld international law.
Ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi, Head of the General Delegation of Palestine to
Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, has criticized this policy shift.
Ambassador Abdulhadi expressed “disappointment and regret at the new voting
patterns of Australia.” He also indicated “this policy shift will cast a shadow on
the current good relations between Australia and Arab and Islamic countries”.
The decision of the Coalition Government has created a real concerns and deep
disappointment among the Palestinian, Arab and Islamic communities and
within other sectors of the Australian community.
The General Delegation of Palestine hopes that in tomorrow’s General
Assembly voting, the Federal government will shift its vote on the four
resolutions from the Fourth committee.
“It is not so late for the Australian government to change its previous
committee vote and stick to the sound policy of condemnation of all settlements
activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal”, said Ambassador
“Under all of its international obligations, Israel is required to end all settlement
activities. The realization of the two-state solution is necessary for peace and
security in the region. Israel’s continuation of settlement activity is undermining
the two-state solution and peace in the region”, Ambassador Abdulhadi
For further information please contact:
The General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific
Ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi
Mobile #: 0404444410
Phone #: 02 62869193