THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG
THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
THE CONFLICT IN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
THURSDAY, 31 JULY 2014
The Australian Government must use its position on the United Nations Security Council to push for an immediate ceasefire in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
With reports of more than 1300 dead, including many children, the fighting must end now.
Labor is appalled by the recent shelling of a UN school in a Gaza refugee camp, and attacks on similar facilities.
Labor deplores the abuse of civilian facilities for military purposes, including a Gaza school that was used to hide rockets.
Hamas must stop firing rockets into Israel - more than 2600 so far, and Israel must restrain its response, which has cost far too many civilian lives.
The scale of human suffering has shocked the world.
Australia needs to work urgently with the international community to bring this terrible conflict to an end.