It’s Time to Move Australia’s Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

A petition here in Australia has been carefully drawn up that acknowledges Australia’s enduring warm and close relationship with Israel, and now requests our Federal Parliament to build on that by taking immediate steps to relocate the Australian embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Why Should I Sign the Petition?

Jerusalem is the seat of the President of the State of Israel, the Knesset, the Government and the Supreme Court

Jerusalem lies at the heart of the Jewish and Christian faiths, and has stood at the centre of the Jewish people’s national and spiritual life for over 3000 years

The State of Israel stands alone in the Middle East in upholding basic democratic rights, including protecting the rights of minorities

By signing you will be asking the Australian Government to reaffirm Israel as a sovereign nation with the right to designate its own capital

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As at 20 October 2017 we have received 4387 paper signatures. If you have already signed the printed petition please DO NOT sign this petition. It is important that the final petition has an accurate number of signatures.

Also, this petition may only be signed by those holding Australian citizenship. There is no lower age limit applying to those wishing to sign.

It's Time to Move Australia's Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

TO THE HONOURABLE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED:

The petition of the undersigned Australian citizens demonstrates that the visit of the Prime Minister of Israel to Australia in this very significant year of 2017, moves the signatories to request that the Australian Parliament take immediate action to move the Australian Embassy, in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Your petitioners ask that the Senate:

Takes note of the fact that, as Mr Netanyahu declared in his remarkable visionary speech at the United Nations, Israel is widening the circle of its diplomatic missions and strengthening new ones. Mr Netanyahu sees a new era ahead for his country - an era Australia could not only move into along with Israel, but could indeed help bring about by cementing this friendship in a significant way.

Understands that while Mr Netanyahu will perhaps not be making an issue about our embassy’s location anytime soon, this is an extremely important matter for the Government of Israel - an issue all of Israel, and Jews everywhere, quietly yearn to see addressed. Understands further that were the initiative for such a move to come from the Australian government, rather than in response to an Israeli complaint or request, the friendship it would reinforce between Australia and Israel would be incomparable, the fruits of it rich.

Takes counsel that, as demonstrated in the outrageous UNESCO resolutions concerning Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and the indigenous ancestral burial site of Israel’s founding fathers in Hebron, the effort is fierce and unrelenting to de-legitimise Israel by disputing the Jews’ ancient roots in, and millennia-long ties to, their land. Notes that Australia, as a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values and whose cornerstone is the Bible that upholds Israel’s claims to this land, especially to Jerusalem and to the Temple Mount, should desire to unequivocally stand alongside Israel against this, and many other attacks, because of our common origins.

Notes that current initiatives continue to deepen ties between the two countries and, during the tenure of the previous Prime Minister, Australia was exemplary as virtually the only country that refused to try and strong-arm Israel into a “two state solution.”

Recognises that Israel is the only country which does not have the senior diplomatic representative of the Australian government in its designated capital! This is surely an act of unjustifiable discrimination that Australia could move to amend. Agrees that whilst all other countries with diplomatic representation in Israel maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv, it does not make it right that they do. Even though, after passing UN Resolution 478 ruling null and void Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its capital, the United Nations Security Council called on its member states who had embassies in Jerusalem to withdraw them, there is no law forbidding Australia from moving its embassy to that city.

Holds to the fact that Australia has always had a warm and close relationship with Israel and there is so much more that has gone into this mateship than just the diplomatic aspects, not least the enormous amount of Australian blood shed to help liberate Israel’s historical homeland in World War I, and to keep the Nazis from reaching this land and killing its Jewish population in World War II. 2017 will also mark the 50th anniversary of the return of the Jews to the cradle of their nationhood and to their holiest site - the Temple Mount.

These interrelated anniversaries offer a real opportunity for Australia to stand with its mate, Israel, whose legitimate and historical national claims international organisations - in their so often anti-Semitic attitude towards Israel - are seeking to sever and deny. We humbly pray that these matters are attended to as a matter of urgency.

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About the Petition

A petition here in Australia has been carefully drawn up that acknowledges Australia’s enduring warm and close relationship with Israel, and now requests our Federal Parliament to build on that by taking immediate steps to relocate the Australian embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Relocating our embassy to Jerusalem will be an unmistakable expression of our belief that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal and undivided capital, and a truly united Jerusalem will further enhance Israel’s reputation in the region as a protector of the rights of minorities.

Discover the back-story behind the petition

A Message from Keith Buxton

The Principle Petitioner

Why This Petition Was Created

The team behind the dream

A Message from James Paterson

The Senator who will be presenting the petition to Parliament

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