India, on May 27, abstained from voting on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) resolution to open an international investigation into violations with regard to the recent Gaza violence, and into the “systematic” abuses in the Palestinian territories and Israel. The resolution was nevertheless passed, with 24 of the council’s 47 members voting in favour of the probe.
A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip, came into force on May 21, bringing to an end 11 days of fighting in which more than 250 people were killed, most of them in Gaza.
Here is how India’s stand in the UN has changed over the years with regard to Israel and Palestine.
India has, according to a report in Indian Express, dropped its stock phrase of ‘strong support to the just Palestinian cause’ in its statement at the UNHRC on May 27. This, the report said, indicates India’s pro-Israel shift.
India’s permanent representative (PR) to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, had, on May 17, made a statement at the UN Security Council reiterating India’s strong support to the ‘just Palestinian cause’ and its unwavering commitment to the two-state solution.
Many observers called it a ‘balancing act’ because while India recognised the ‘just Palestinian cause’, it condemned the ‘indiscriminate’ rocket firing from Gaza targeting Israeli citizens.