Petition Against the Right of Return to Israel on Behalf of Australian Jews
The following statement reflects only the views of those signatories whose names appear below. Signatories of other statements or authors of articles and blogs on our IAJV website are not to be taken as endorsing this statement.
We are Jews from Australia, who, like Jewish people throughout the world, have an automatic right to Israeli citizenship under Israel’s “law of return.” While this law may seem intended to enable a Jewish homeland, we submit that it is in fact a form of racist privilege that abets the colonial oppression of the Palestinians.
Today there are more than seven million Palestinian refugees around the world. Israel denies their right to return to their homes and land—a right recognized and undisputed by UN Resolution 194, the Geneva Convention, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Meanwhile, we are invited to live on that same land simply because we are Jewish, thereby potentially taking the place of Palestinians who would dearly love to return to their ancestral lands.
We renounce this “right” to “return” offered to us by Israeli law. It is not right that we may “return” to a state that is not ours while Palestinians are excluded and continuously dispossessed.
Professor Dennis Altman
Dr Tony Balint, Blue Horizon Clinic.
Professor Andrew Benjamin
Eva Cox (AO)
Dr Ned Curthoys
Professor John Docker
Nicole Erlich (PhD candidate, University of Queensland)
Professor David SG Goodman
Dr Rick Kuhn
GJ Lindell (Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Adelaide)
Miriam Margolyes (OBE)
Jean McClean (advisor to Vice-Chancellor at VU on East-Timor)
Dr. Tamas Pataki
Professor Peter Singer
Dr Peter Slezak