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Letter from Richard Sherman to the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH)

Letter from Richard Sherman to the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) following the announcement that the government of Australia will no longer recognize the UN Charter’s Article 80 and earlier decisions of prior governments that Judea, Samaria, and all of Jerusalem are part of Israel.

The new leftist government has unilaterally decided to decide where Israel’s capital should be located, that the historic connection of the Jewish people to Judea and Samaria, and the proven archaeology of the area, bear no proof that this is the ancestral home of the Jews. Rather Foreign Minister Penny Wong now declares this is “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” which it has never been.

Possibly Foreign Minister Penny Wong is unaware that Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Charter. Signed June 26, 1945. Ratified November 1, 1945. Signed by Dr. Herbert Evatt. ("Labor to Harden Position on Palestine")

Her decision to declare land ( Judea, Samaria and the eastern part of Jerusalem) that has been the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people for 4000 years "Occupied Palestinian Territory" is in direct contravention of Article 80 of the United Nations Charter -- an international treaty whose signature on it by Foreign Minister Dr. Herbert Evatt in 1945 on behalf of the people of Australia has been respected and honored by 22 consecutive Australian foreign ministers until Foreign Minister Wong's action.. Her decision is in total disrespect of the signature of Australia on the United Nations Charter.

Possibly she needs to be reminded of the 22 Australian foreign ministers who respected and honored Australia's signature on the United Nations Charter, an international treaty:

Dr. Herbert V. Evatt(1941-1949)

Perry Spender(1949-1951)

Richard Casey(1951-1960)

Robert Menzies(1960-1961)

Sir Garfield Barnick(1961-1964)

Paul Hasluck(1964-1:969)

Gordon Freeth(1969)

William McMahon(1969-1970)

Leslie Bury(1971)


Gough Whitman(1972-1973)

Senator Donald Willesee((1973-1975)

Andrew Peacock(1975-1980)

Tony Street(1980-1983)

Bill Hayden(1983-1988)

Senator Gareth Evans(1988-1996)

Alexander Downer (1996-2007)

Stephen Smith(2007-2010)

Kevin Rudd( 2010-2012)

Senator Bob Carr(2012-2013)

Julie Bishop(2013-2018)

Senator Marise Payne( 2018-2022)

Article 80 of the United Nations Charter -- which incorporates by reference all of the Palestine Mandate in the League of Nations(1922) and the San Remo Agreement(1920) declares all of what is Israel including Judea and Samaria and the eastern part of Jerusalem to be the reconstituted homeland of the Jewish people..recognizing the Jewish people's 4000 year ancestral presence on the land and the land as sovereign Jewish territory. Simply put one cannot occupy one's own sovereign territory.

Foreign Minister Wong should study the words of Eugene Rostow, Dean of Yale Law School(1955-1965) and Under Secretary of State in a Democratic administration(1965-1969) who wrote:

"Legally the West Bank and Gaza are unallocated parts of the Palestine Mandate...and as far as the claims of the Arabs who live there goes, it must be remembered that, in contrast to other League of Nations mandates, the Palestine Mandate was not established as a trust for the indigenous population of the area, to be terminated when the population was ready for self government.

It was set up under a different article of the League Covenant as a trust for the Jewish people, in recognition of their historic connection to the land on the condition that the civic and religious rights of the Muslims and Christians be respected.

"Moreover the right of the Jewish people to settle in the West Bank has never been terminated...Jewish settlement in the West Bank exercise of a right protected by Article 80 of the United Nations Charter and hence necessarily part of the domestic law of the West Bank". ( Eugene Rostow, "Commentary Magazine", October 1989).

Foreign Minister Wong's ahistorical fallacious "Occupied Palestinian Territory" declaration cements her legacy as an Australian foreign minister who has zero respect for Australia's signature on an international treaty and zero respect for the Australian people who are represented by Foreign Minister Dr. Herbert Evatt's signature on the United Nations Charter...and zero respect for the 21 foreign ministers who continued to honor and understand the importance of Australia's signature on the United Nations Charter.


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