India Must Assure Palestinians of Unstinting Support, Re-Look at its Pro-Israel Decision: Jamaat President
New Delhi, June 14— Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, India’s leading Muslim organization, on Friday denounced India’s vote in favour of Israel and against Palestine at the United Nations, saying that its vote favouring Israel “will be construed as a departure for India from its stated decades old policy of supporting the Palestinian cause.”
Syed Sadatullah Husaini, National President of Jamaat, has called upon the government of India to assure the Palestinians of its unstinting support.
“We express our disappointment at the stand taken by the government of India in favor of Israel in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), over Israel’s objection to grant consultative status to a Palestinian human rights NGO. This positive vote favoring Israel will be construed as a departure for India from its stated decades old policy of supporting the Palestinian cause. This shift in our approach towards endorsing Israeli hardline policy aimed at crushing all voices of dissent and criticism that expose Israel’s continued occupation and human rights abuses will be a huge setback for the Palestinians who bank on India for supporting its struggle for an independent state,” said Husaini in a press statement.
In what could be seen as the first sign of departure from its decades-old stand on Palestine, India voted in favour of Israel against a Palestinian human rights body that was seeking observer’s status at the United Nations. The voting took place at the UN on June 6.
Israel had moved a proposal at the UN to reject the request made by ‘Shahed’, a Palestinian human rights organisation which Israel calls a terror group, for the observer’s status at the international body.
As many as 28 countries stood with Israel. They included US, France, Germany, India, Japan, UK, South Korea and Canada. But 14 countries voted in favour of the Palestinian group. They included China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran and Egypt.
Israel welcomed India’s support at the highest level. After Maya Kadosh, deputy chief of mission at the Israel embassy in New Delhi, tweeted on June 11 to thank India for its support, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also thanked India Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the support.
“Thank you @NarendraModi, thank you India, for your support and for standing with Israel at the UN,” Israeli PM’s verified twitter handle @IsraeliPM tweeted on Jun 12.
JIH leader said that India’s support for Israel may affect India-Arab economic relations and appealed to Indian government to assure Palestinians of its continued unstinted support.
“It may also hamper our improving ties with oil-rich Arab countries. The government of India must assure Palestinians of its continued unstinted support and re-look at its decision to support Israel in diplomatic and international forums. India has always fought imperialist powers and supported countries in their struggle against imperialism and apartheid,” said Husaini.
He also appealed to people of India to support the just cause of Palestinians.
“We appeal to the justice and peace-loving people of India to raise their voice using all legal and constitutional means against the unjust occupation, unlawful construction of colonies and grave injustice meted out to Palestine at the hands of Israel and hope the government of India introspects over its unjustified support to Israel,” said Jamaat president.