Kudos to Australia: Jerusalem is not ‘occupied’

From Jpost:

Australia will no longer describe east Jerusalem as “occupied” territory, the country’s attorney-general told the Senate on Thursday, signaling a significant policy shift welcomed in Israel.

“The description of east Jerusalem as ‘Occupied East Jerusalem’ is a term freighted with pejorative implications, which is neither appropriate nor useful,” George Brandis said, reading out a statement written following a conversation with Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

“It should not and will not be the practice of the Australian Government to describe areas of negotiations in such judgmental language,” he said.

Australia now refrains from using the term “illegal” to refer to settlements. Canberra also does not refer to the West Bank as “occupied” territory, but rather “disputed” territory.


3 responses to “Kudos to Australia: Jerusalem is not ‘occupied’”

  1. Lynne says :

    This is significant and welcome!

  2. dumbledoresarmy says :

    Now to follow through and 1/ move our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a sign that we recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state of Israel and 2/ start referring to the two main areas of the so-called “west bank” by their correct and most ancient and long-used *Biblical* names –
    “Judea” and “Samaria”.
    Letters to write, letters to write…

    • Lynne says :

      Good idea! Start first with a heartfelt thank you and add the other suggestions/requests. 🙂

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