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Statement on Australian Government aid to the PA

The Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes the decision by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the Australian Government to cease funding of the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program because “opportunity for it to use its own budget to activities that Australia would never support”.

We wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment that “any assistance provided by the Palestine Liberation Organisation to those convicted of politically motivated violence is an affront to Australian values, and undermines the prospect of meaningful peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Just last week FM Bishop announced that there would be a full audit of Australian government funding of another organisation – Union Aid Abroad – to ensure there is no misuse of funds.

At the time, President of the ZFA Dr. Danny Lamm AM said, “The Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes the Foreign Minister’s decision and the statement of Senator Eric Zebtz on the issue of channeling taxpayer funds into organisations that support Palestinian terrorist groups. As I have stated previously, our government must, as a matter of urgency, cease all funding of the Palestinian Authority until a full audit is completed.”

In light of the most recent government decision, Dr Lamm AM said, “we take this as a strong sign that the Government is taking this issue very seriously and will take immediate action when the situation arises.”