Australia to abstain on UN Palestine vote

“In a direct rebuff of her leadership, Ms Gillard was opposed by all but two of her cabinet ministers – Bill Shorten and Stephen Conroy, both of the Victorian Right – during a heated meeting on Monday night… The Right faction (of the ruling Labour Party -JG), which would usually support Ms Gillard, backed an abstention, in part due to the views of its members that the government was too pro-Israel…”

A story in the Sydney Morning Herald today (or presumably today, it’s dated Nov. 28th!) tells us that Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been forced to order an abstention on a UN General Assembly resolution to give Palestine observer status, or face a revolt by her backbenchers and a defeat in caucus.

On the face of it that would appear to be a very positive development, but at least part of the reason for the failure to back Israel is that “…many MPs in western Sydney, who are already fearful of losing their seats, are coming under pressure from constituents with a Middle East background.”

This development is therefore somewhat of a mixed blessing, but at least it’s a start, and we are told that “The Israeli government is understood to be furious…”

Hopefully, this will be the opening salvo of a massive, world-wide revolt against Israel and its brutal military occupation of Palestine.

Bravo Australia!

Jeff Goodall.

See the Sydney Morning Herald story “Backbench revolt forces PM to drop Israel support” here.