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: https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/ga11982.doc.htm

Jerusalem Post report: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/UN-disavows-Israeli-ties-to-Jerusalem-515730

Times of Israel (2016) re Julie Bishop: https://www.timesofisrael.com/australia-would-have-opposed-anti-settlement-un-resolution-fm-indicates/

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4 Comments

Sasha Todhunter · December 9, 2017 at 11:47 pm

To Dr David Adler, AJA President

Dear Dr Adler

Shalom aleichem.

SUPPORT FOR A TWO-STATE SOLUTION IN THE HOLY LAND AND JERUSALEM IS NOT ANTI-ISRAEL IT IS PRO PEACE.

I am a 4th great grandson of Myer Solomon (1760-1840) of the Western Synagogue, London – https://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/susser/myersolomoncircreg.htm and through his wife Gittel Kalisch I am a descendant of Rabbi Dr Hayyim Samuel Jacob Falk (1708-1782). Myer’s son Mordecai (1800-1883) settled in Australia during the first half of the 1800s.

I am writing to you to point out the fact that your organisation and some others within Australia are not representative of the views of all Jewish Australians. They are typical of the tamei ruach which has seemingly taken over Bibi and his government. I am disgusted by the way in which Israel treats Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied territories, bulldozing houses, cutting off resources and utilities, and denying Palestinians of their human rights.

While Israel continues in this course there will never be peace.

Below is the text of an email sent yesterday to the US Embassy, US Consulates-General in Australia, the American Chamber of Commerce, and a number of US owned businesses operating within an exporting to Australia. In due course I will be writing to the Minister Julie Bishop and the Federal Cabinet expressing my relief that the Australian position remains unchanged. I will fight to uphold this position.

Toda, yours sincerely

Mr Sasha Todhunter
Perth, Australia

Email –

To Ms April Palmerlee CEO; Mr Robert Hossary General Manager NSW & ACT; Mr Ray Doyle General Manager VIC; Ms Bernadette Sewer General Manager SA; Ms Alicia Doherty General Manager QLD; Ms Penelope Williamson General Manager WA & NT;
– The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

CC US Embassy and Consulates-General in Australia; CEOs and General Managers of US owned companies operating in and exporting to Australia.

Saturday, December 9 2017

Dear Ms Palmerlee and General Managers et al.

Re: Change of US Foreign Policy with regard to Israel and Palestine

I write to you in protest against the change of US Foreign Policy in regard to Israel and Palestine by President Donald Trump this week – recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I am deeply concerned about the implications of this policy for peace in the Middle East and throughout the world.
By taking this unilateral and reckless action against international consensus, United Nations’ resolutions and international law, President Trump isolates the United States and sends a message to the world that the US Federal Government does not support a Two-State Solution in the Palestinian conflict. It loudly proclaims that the United States Federal Government sanctions apartheid, the continued Israeli occupation, and the denial by Israel of the human rights of the Palestinian people.
I am deeply concerned about the implications for world security and the security of myself and Australian citizens within Australia and throughout the world.
It will further inflame extremism and the threat of terrorism against the US and its allies, which includes Australia. This new policy has further – since the election and inauguration of Donald Trump and significantly diminished my trust in the United States as a world power.
In response to President Trump’s announcement I will today begin boycotting US owned businesses and companies operating in Australia through avoiding purchase or procurement of US goods or services imported to Australia until such time as the President reverses this policy. I will ask my family and friends to consider doing the same, and will actively and publicly communicate the views and opinions expressed in this letter.
I support peace in the Middle East and throughout the world.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Sasha Todhunter
Perth WA
Australia

    David Adler · December 10, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Sasha,

    Thanks for your email which contains numerous false assumptions and gross errors. Time does not allow a comprehensive reply and I doubt it would shift your view.

    But there is one thing on which a specific response should be made because it goes to the role of AJA: “I am writing to you to point out the fact that your organisation and some others within Australia are not representative of the views of all Jewish Australians.” I agree. We are transparent in having published a Mission Statement and Core Policy Principles. This is what we represent and those with whom these resonate are welcome to join, and for those who have fundamentally different views there are other options.

    Regards,

    David Adler

      Sasha Todhunter · December 10, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Dr Adler, will you at least state for visitors to this page what the ‘numerous false assumptions and gross errors’ you refer to are?

      There is a clear discrepancy and hypocrisy here. On the one hand your organisation and the Israeli Government accepts the UN resolutions and laws establishing the State of Israel in 1947 What about the resolutions and laws that Israel has failed and continues to fail to accept and abide by since? Legitimacy?

        David Adler · December 17, 2017 at 9:22 pm

        Sasha,

        Last reply.

        “There is a clear discrepancy and hypocrisy here. On the one hand your organisation and the Israeli Government accepts the UN resolutions and laws establishing the State of Israel in 1947”

        FALSE. UN resolution did NOT do that and indeed does not have the power to do that. What happened was that in 1947 the UN recommended an agreement between Jews and Arabs, a partition plan. The Arabs rejected it, so there was no agreement.

        The following year (1948), the Jewish representatives led by David ben Gurion, declared a State of Israel. It was subsequently accepted and recognised by numerous countries, one by one. But not all – even today some Arab/Muslim countries refuse to even accept that Israel exists.

        The modern State of Israel is one of a number created after WWI in an area formerly controlled by the Ottoman’s. Others include Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.

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