In a major development in India’s diplomatic policy in West Asia, New Delhi voted in favour of an Israel-backed resolution in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) against a Palestinian human rights group.
Israel had on 6 June appealed against Palestinian rights group Shahed being given an observer status in UN bodies.
The news of India voting in favour of Israel came to light following a tweet by Maya Kadosh, deputy chief of mission, Israel Embassy in India on 11 June.
“Thank you #India for standing with @IsraelinUN and rejecting the request of the terrorist organisation “Shahed” to obtain the status of an observer in #UN. Together we will continue to act against terrorist organizations that intend to harm,” Kadosh wrote on Twitter.
Thank you #India for standing with @IsraelinUN and rejecting the request of terrorist organization “Shahed” to obtain the status of an observer in #UN. Together we will continue to act against terrorist organizations that intend to harm. pic.twitter.com/erHTfuY1A1
— Maya Kadosh (@MayaKadosh) June 11, 2019
Israel maintains that Shahed has ties with Hamas, a global terrorist organisation.
Israel’s Permanent Mission to the UN later said that though the group deals with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Israel’s security establishment has revealed that it is part of the Hamas and operates on its behalf.
“The resolution, initiated by the Israeli delegation to the United Nations against the granting of status, was adopted by an overwhelming majority of the members of the UN Economic and Social Council,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
The country introduced a draft decision on the same. The draft decision was supported by 28 countries, including India. Fifteen countries voted against and five abstained.
Besides India, countries voting in favour of the decision were Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Following the voting, Shahed’s application was turned down by the Council.