Australian Federal Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek (centre) and federal member for Macquarie-elect Susan Templeman are seen during a visit to a shopping centre in the federal seat of Lindsay in Penrith, in western Sydney, Australia, Monday, July 4, 2016. With the likelihood of a hung parliament, based on Australian Electoral Commission data, both Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Australian Opposition leader BillShorten are now in a race to shore up crossbench support to form minority government in the Australian Parliament. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING

Federal election 2019: ALP headaches over Israel get worse

Another Labor MP has been embroiled in the Israeli-Palestinian division within the party.

Video has emerged of western Sydney MP Susan Templeman likening the situation in the West Bank to apartheid.

Ms Templeman, who holds her electorate on a margin of 2.2 per cent, said that “essentially there is an apartheid happening” in the Middle East.

“Depending on if you are Israeli or Palestinian you use different roads,” she said. “You have different opportunities in life dictated on whether you are Palestinian or Israeli.”

Ms Templeman made the comments at the same event on the sidelines of the ALP national conference last December where Fremantle MP Josh Wilson made his anti-Israeli remarks as reported by The West Australian yesterday.

Mr Wilson, who launched his campaign with party elder Anthony Albanese on Sunday, was yesterday pulled into line by Labor leader Bill Shorten after The West Australian revealed he described Israeli checkpoints as “places you go to and you go to jail … sometimes they are places you go to and you die”.

Mr Shorten and Labor insiders are scrambling to control the issue.

“Josh has said very clearly that he supports Labor policy which is for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine,” Mr Shorten said.

Read the article by Lanai Scarr and Annabel Hennessy in The West Australian.