The Liberal government has again shown its blatant bias towards Israel by not voting for Palestinian rights resolutions on 24 November at the UN General Assembly that adopted 5 non-binding resolutions on Palestine.

Australia voted  against 3 resolutions while abstained from 2.

Australia is conforming to the pro Israel lobby and US demands by voting for Israel’s interests rather than upholding Palestinian political and human rights under international law.

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Australia’s vote promotes Israel’s impunity to perpetrate war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This is inspite of the fact that the majority of Australians support Palestinian self-determination, the end of the occupation and  illegal settlements and  the Palestinian Right of Return.

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (A/70/L.10)

Extract: “Requests the Committee to continue to exert all efforts to promote the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination, to support the achievement without delay of an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and of the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders…”

Vote: 102 in favour

8 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States)

57 abstentions

Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat (A/70/L.11)

Extract: “Considers that, by providing substantive support to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in the implementation of its mandate, the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat continues to make a most useful and constructive contribution to raising international awareness of the question of Palestine…”

Vote: 99 in favour

8 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States)

59 abstentions

Special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat (A/70/L.12)

Extract: “Considers that the special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department is very useful in raising the awareness of the international community concerning the question of Palestine…”

Vote: 155 in favour

7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States)

7 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Tonga)

Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine (A/70/L.13)

Extract: “Expressing grave concern about the extremely detrimental impact of Israeli settlement policies, decisions and activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, including on the contiguity, integrity and viability of the Territory …”

Vote: 155 in favour

7 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States)

7 abstentions (Cameroon, Honduras, Nauru, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga)

Jerusalem (A/70/L.14)

Extract: “Reiterates its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the Occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.”

Vote: 153 in favour

7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States)

8 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Toga, Tonga)