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  6/15/2014, Sivan 17, 5774

Dropping 'Occupied' a 'Terminology' Change, not Policy Change


Australia's foreign minister will meet ambassadors angered by the country's decision to stop referring to Jerusalem as "occupied", Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday as he stressed there was "no change in policy". The Arab world threatened Australia with trade sanctions after last week's move, which Attorney-General George Brandis said was made because the term "occupied" carried pejorative implications and was neither appropriate or useful.

But despite the pressure, Canberra refuses to be deterred. PM Tony Abbott states that dropping the term 'occupied' for Jerusalem is a terminology change - not a policy change on Israel.