Palestinian Authority calls on Australian envoy to 'clarify' Jerusalem stance

PA summons diplomatic representative in the wake of announcement that Australia will not refer to east Jerusalem as “occupied.”

By JTA
June 9, 2014 02:01
PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki.

Riad Malki 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman )

The Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Ministry summoned Australia’s envoy in the wake of an announcement that Australia will not refer to east Jerusalem as “occupied.”

PA Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki, called on Australian government officials to give an “official clarification” of its position on east Jerusalem.

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Australian Attorney-General George Brandis announced late last week that Australia will no longer describe eastern Jerusalem as “occupied” or “annexed” territory.

“The description of east Jerusalem as ‘Occupied East Jerusalem’ is a term freighted with pejorative implications, which is neither appropriate nor useful,” Brandis said in a statement following a meeting with Australian 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.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman thanked the Australian government for “its honesty and integrity in its treatment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”


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