One issue that has persistently emerged is that of economic sanctions against the State of Israel, sometimes referred to as the “BDS movement”. I do not support economic sanctions against the State of Israel. We all long for peace in the Middle East and a two‑State solution, but economic sanctions against Israel—a country this House and my party has supported for over 73 years—may place in peril the only democracy in that region. I would not support a motion with a similar sentiment directing Australia to work with other nations to sanction Israel, such as the motion that is currently circulating in local branches.
Chris Minns MLA, Leader of the Australian Labor Party, Parliament of New South Wales, 11 May 2021