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PRESS RELEASE: ICV in dismay over Attorney General’s comments about East Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 11 2014

ICV in dismay over Attorney General’s comments about East Jerusalem

The Islamic Council of Victoria notes with disappointment and dismay the statements of the Attorney General, Mr George Brandis, that the Australian Government would no longer refer to East Jerusalem as an “occupied territory”.

The United Nations, and the international community at large, has always considered the occupation of East Jerusalem as an illegal act under international law. The statements of the Attorney General, following on from recent positions taken by the Government with respect to resolutions before the United Nations relating to Israel, only further marginalises Australia from the international community.

Secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Mr Ghaith Krayem, stated, “Peace cannot be attained while the fundamental injustices against the Palestinian people continue to be denied. Australia must uphold its commitment to fairness and opposing oppression if it is to be taken seriously as a player on the international stage.”

The Islamic Council of Victoria calls on the Australian Government to unequivocally distance itself from the statements of the Attorney General and make clear its continued commitment to uphold international law and the sovereignty of the Palestinian people as a prime objective of any peace process.

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Media Enquiries: Bahriye Bol, ICV Communications Officer M|0432 572 163| bahriye.bol@icv.org.au

The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) is the peak body for Muslim organisations in Victoria. The ICV represents more than 150,000 Victorian Muslims, through its 47 member organisations located throughout metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria. Visit: http://www.icv.org.au

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