Dora McPhee (VIC) responds to Cameron Stewart’s report “Bob Carr in joint plea to US on Mid-East 19Jan13 January 19, 2013

The Australian    -    19 January 2013

Cameron Stewart  reports that “Australia and Britain have issued an urgent plea to US President Barack Obama to kickstart the Middle-East peace process, condemning the expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied territories as ‘illegal’ under international law”.

He then manages to tilt the balance of his report by ending with three pro-Israel commentators and no Palestinian voice to speak of.

It beggars belief that one of the commentators, Colin Rubenstein, can still suggest “claims of the illegality of settlements are dubious and have been disputed”, when in 2004 the International Court of Justice issued an Advisory Opinion on the illegality of the Wall constructed by Israel on occupied Palestinian territory, which at the same time also reaffirmed the illegality of the construction of settlements in occupied Palestine.

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