And Then Australia Did This

image Jerusalem DayAnd I’m quoting from the UK’s Guardian on purpose because it’s just so much fun to see them have to report this:

The Abbott government has ruled out using the term “occupied” when describing Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, prompting suggestions about a shift in Australia’s foreign policy.

The government on Thursday delivered a statement to clarify its stand on the controversial question of the legality of settlements after the issued flared up at a Senate hearing the night before.

The attorney general, George Brandis, on behalf of the minister for foreign affairs, Julie Bishop, said it was “unhelpful” to refer to historic events when describing these areas, given the ongoing Middle East peace process.

“The description of East Jerusalem as ‘occupied’ East Jerusalem is a term freighted with pejorative implications which is neither appropriate nor useful,” Brandis told a Senate estimates hearing.

“It should not and will not be the practice of the Australian government to describe areas of negotiation in such judgmental language.”

So basically one of the central planks of the delegitimisation of Israel: declaring disputed places that should always have been in Israel as “occupied” when the international law is at best confused and at worst down right wrong, is not good enough to fool the Government of Australia any longer.

Contrast this with 12 ways in which the Obama administration has acted unlike a friend.

I’m proud, this day, to be blogging on a site with Aussie leanings. And I’ve no doubt who I’ll be cheering for at the next Ashes match up.

And might I just add, tremendous use of the word “freighted”. Love it!

freight |freɪt|verb [ with obj. ]

(be freighted withbe laden or burdened with: each word was freighted with anger.

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  • jerry webber

    Great. In discussions with my “pro-Israel/pro-peace” friends I am constantly making a distinction between the WB (arguable) and East Jerusalem (historic capital of Israel).

  • Art Deco

    If a sufficient share of the political class and populace on the West Bank and Gaza ever took an interest in a sustainable settlement, Israel would benefit from shearing off the Arab neighborhoods in greater Jerusalem and putting them under a separate authority. (Fragmented government of metropolitan settlements is the norm in the United States). The problem would be the historic sites. They would insist on some portion of the old city, and they cannot be trusted.

  • Art Deco

    I think there were at one time about 20 countries which had embassies in Jerusalem, including the Netherlands. I think around the time of OPEC ii, Arab countries extorted a transfer to Tel Aviv for most of them.

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