India abstains on UNHRC resolution on Israel probe

India abstains on UNHRC resolution on Israel probe
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India abstained on a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council Thursday. The resolution was proposing to set up a Commission of Inquiry into violations regarding the violence in Gaza. But also of systematic abuses in Palestinian territories and inside Israel.

However, 13 other members were also among those who abstained with India. 24 voted in favour and nine against, the resolution was adopted in Geneva.

In its UNHRC statement, India dropped the stock phrase of its strong support to the just Palestinian cause. Earlier, it used to be part of Indian statements.

On Thursday, May 27, India at the UNSC in New York asserted that “We firmly believe that only a two-State solution, achieved through direct and meaningful negotiations between both sides on final status issues, will deliver an enduring peace that the people of Israel and Palestine desire and deserve”.

And now India’s abstention from this reflects an important balancing act between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Other countries that abstained are France, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland and South Korea, along with India.

Among those who voted in favour of the resolution are Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Russia. While Germany, the UK, Austria, among others, voted against it.

India stresses that it calls on all parties to show extreme restraint, desist from actions that aggravate tensions. They should refrain from any further attempts to unilaterally change the existing status quo, including in East Jerusalem and its neighbourhoods.

It calls for a dialogue that can effectively address the issues confronting the region and its people.

What went wrong?

Israel and Egypt strictly control Gaza’s borders to prevent weapons from entering Hamas.

Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank say they suffer from Israeli actions and restrictions. Israel, on the other hand, says it only acts to protect itself from Palestinian violence.

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