Violence in Israel, Gaza and Jerusalem

13 May 2021

Labor is deeply concerned about the violence in Israel, Gaza and Jerusalem in recent days.

The incitement of hate, escalation of violence, destruction and loss of lives are tragic and unacceptable.

We call on leaders to de-escalate and for a return to calm.

We join Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, in calling for a halt to actions that increase tensions including land appropriations, forced evictions, demolitions and settlement activity.

There is also no justification for rocket attacks against civilians.

Labor has always been a strong supporter of the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to live within secure and recognised borders.

We remain committed to a just and enduring two-state solution, based on respect for human rights and consistent with international law.

The cycle of tension, escalation and destruction is all too familiar for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.