05/12/2011 - 12:23pm

The Greens NSW State Council meeting held this weekend discussed the report of the Review of the Greens involvement in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“The Report and the recommendations were adopted unanimously,” Senator Rhiannon said.

"The new resolution will replace the BDS resolution adopted by the Greens NSW in December 2010.

"This resolution recognises the legitimacy of the BDS as a political tactic and also recognises that there is a diversity of views in the community and the Greens.

“The Greens NSW affirmed its support for non-violent community actions designed to pressure the Israeli state to respect international law and human rights norms with the aim of ending the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza, finding a just solution for Palestinian refugees and ending discrimination against Arab citizens inside Israel.

“I have congratulated the Greens members who conducted the Review.

“While there have been a variety of views among Greens members on BDS there was strong and united commitment to continue our work for Palestinian human rights.

"The Review rejected and condemned false accusations of anti-Semitism.

“Many members have said to me that they believe that there is growing interest among Australians on this issue.

"The Greens NSW will also promote debate and community education on this issue.

“We also resolved to actively support the Australian Greens position, including that the Australian government halt military cooperation and military trade with Israel.

"Australia has purchased planes, helicopters, naval equipment, radar and security systems from Israel,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Proposal passed by Greens NSW State Delegates Council, Sunday 4 November 2011

Preamble

The NSW Greens:

  1. Recognise that diplomatic efforts to create good faith negotiations to achieve a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have so far failed.
  2. Affirm support for the Australian Greens position on Palestinian statehood.
  3. Affirm that legitimate criticism of the policy and actions of the Israeli government and related peaceful protests should not be branded, interpreted or dismissed as anti-Semitic.
  4. Oppose all forms of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and all other forms of discrimination.
  5. Reject and condemn false accusations of anti-Semitism.
  6. Recognise the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions(BDS) is a legitimate non-violent political tactic seeking to alter the policies and actions of the government of Israel.
  7. Recognise that there is a variety of views within the community, NSW Greens and the Australian Greens on the BDS.
  8. Recognise that there are different levels of participation described within the BDS framework and each participating individual or community group may choose whether to do so and in a way which is suitable and practical for themselves.
  9. Encourage Australians to inform themselves about the Palestine-Israel issue and political tactics to peacefully resolve the conflict.

Action

That NSW Greens:

  1. Support non-violent community actions designed to pressure the Israeli state to respect international law and human rights norms with the aim of ending the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza, finding a just solution for Palestinian refugees and ending discrimination against Arab citizens inside Israel.
  2. Will establish a working group to develop an ethical procurement policy that can be applied to a range of international and domestic issues.
  3. Support the Australian Greens position that the Australian government halt military cooperation and military trade with Israel.
  4. In consultation with the Australian Greens, will endeavour to educate the community about the NSW Greens' and the Australian Greens' resolutions on the Israel-Palestine situation and provide information to members and supporters regarding actions they may take to help bring about a just and peaceful solution to the conflict.
  5. Agree that this decision replace the decisions of the Greens NSW SDCs of December 2010 and May 2011 on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.