Statement on the recent UN vote – 4 December 2017

UN attacks Israel again, Australia abstains! 

As part of six anti-Israel resolutions it approved on 30 November, the United Nations General Assembly recently voted overwhelmingly to disavow Israeli ties to Jerusalem. The vote was 151 in favour and six against, with nine abstentions (including Australia).

The Australian Jewish Association is profoundly disappointed that Australia meekly abstained instead of clearly voting against such a shameful resolution. Jerusalem was established in biblical times as the capital for the Jewish nation with Kings David and Solomon ruling from there. Jerusalem has never throughout history been the capital of any entity other than the Jewish state.

The UN resolved “that any actions by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem were illegal and therefore null and void.” Further, the UN resolution to describe the Temple Mount / Har Habayit, only uses the Arabic Islamic name of Haram al-Sharif.

The UN has again demonstrated it earns the mantle of “House of Darkness”. No amount of resolutions of lies can delete the 3000 year Jewish history in Jerusalem.

Coming so soon after the ANZAC Be’er Sheva centenary commemoration, Australia’s failure to join the US and Canada in voting against these resolutions is regrettable.

This decision is not just profoundly disappointing, but seems cowardly and unprincipled. Our government prides itself on its close, supportive relationship with Israel and should stand up for truth.

When the UN Security Council passed a similar resolution (2334) in 2016, Australia was not at the time a Security Council member, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made comments interpreted as Australia would have voted no. She assured in voting at the UN, the Coalition government has consistently not supported one-sided resolutions targeting Israel.”

AJA recognises the Australian government’s obvious friendship with Israel, but rejecting such a blatant travesty would have demonstrated to both Australian and world Jewry that Australia is consistent and means what it says.

Why did Australia do this? Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Julie Bishop, certainly has some explaining to do!


For further information: Mr Allan Ellison, AJA Hon Secretary 0405574537 or Dr David Adler, AJA President 0415256530

Additional background:

Official UN report:

Jerusalem Post report:

Times of Israel (2016) re Julie Bishop:

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