Senate motion – Middle East conflict

Media release

21 November 2012

Text of motion moved in the Australian Senate today by Government Senator Ursula Stephens:-

That the Senate-

  1. Expresses grave concern at the crisis in the Middle East, the loss of lives and the prospect for a further escalation in violence;
  2. Condemns the repeated rocket and mortar attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip and calls for them to end immediately;
  3. Recognises Israel's right to defend itself, like that of any country subject to attack, and calls on Israel to exercise restraint and proportionality in its response;
  4. Notes the United Nations' and the European Union's calls on both sides to exercise restraint, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's statement of November 20 that further escalation would be dangerous and tragic for Palestinians and Israelis and would put the entire region at risk;
  5. Supports all efforts to broker a ceasefire;
  6. Supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – a solution based on the right of Israel to live in peace within secure borders internationally recognised and agreed by the parties and reflecting the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to also live in peace and security within their own state;
  7. Calls for any public demonstrations or rallies in Australia to be peaceful, and not target private businesses or individuals.

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