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Australia nixes moving embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (Photo by AFP)

Australia has ruled out the the relocation of its embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds following the US decision to move its mission to the occupied city.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said “there was no chance the government would adopt it (embassy relocation) as policy,” various media outlets reported on Saturday.

Her remarks came despite huge support from her Liberal Party’s youth arm for the embassy’s relocation.

The Young Liberal Movement tabled a non-binding motion on the move. It also called for the country to freeze aid to the Palestinian Authority “until it terminates its Martyr’s fund".

The Jordan-based fund is also known as the Palestinian National Fund. It is the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) umbrella group’s main financial body.

The United States recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and announced the embassy move late last year. It relocated the diplomatic mission in May in a ceremony, which coincided with the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day, in which more than 700,000 Palestinians were evicted from their homes upon the 1948 creation of Israel on Palestinian land. 

The move flies in the face of Palestinians’ demand that East Jerusalem al-Quds serve as the capital of their future state.

Scores of Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli forces in Gaza since March 30, when they began protests for their right to return to their homelands in the occupied territories.

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