• AUSTRALIA REFUSES TO CALL EAST JERUSALEM ‘OCCUPIED’

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    SYDNEY: Australia has decided to remove the term “occupied” when referring to East Jerusalem in a move blasted by an opposition party leader on Friday as “inflammatory” and “at odds with the peace process.” The issue flared in the upper house Senate this week with Attorney-General George Brandis issuing a statement to clarify Canberra’s stance on the controversial question of the legality of settler homes. “The description of areas which are the subject of negotiations in the course of the peace process by reference to historical events is unhelpful,” he said in the statement on Thursday. “The description of East Jerusalem as ‘occupied’ East Jerusalem is a term freighted with pejorative implications which is neither appropriate nor useful.

    AFP

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