The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has passed a resolution on Friday to adopt a UN report on Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last year.
The report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Israel-Gaza conflict in 2014 condemned Israel for its atrocities in the Gaza strip. While 41 countries voted in the favour of the resolution, US voted against it and five countries including India abstained from the process. The resolution drafted by the Palestinians and Arab states, calls for the implementation of the report and its recommendations and an end to the impunity of Israeli officials responsible for the alleged brutalities in Gaza. The resolution found evidences of the alleged war crimes committed by both Israel and Hamas during the war last year. The Council critisised Hamas for claiming the lives of Israeli civilians in the rocket attacks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the Council following the vote. Israel was found to commit war crimes in Gaza in more than one investigation. Other independent inquiry teams and the inquiry boards appointed by the UN Secretary General had also pointed out Israel’s role in the war. According to the report, 1462 Palestinian civilians including 299 women and 551 children were killed during the Israeli military operation while it claimed the lives of six Israeli civilians. The international community had watched with indifference Israel’s brutal atrocities in Gaza strip that literally wiped away the region from the face of the earth. The report condemned the Zionist nation for refusing to cooperate with the inquiry team and even denying them permission into Jerusalem. The Council also stated that the belief it wouldn’t be punished have further encouraged Israel to carry on with its stance.
The majority of the world countries voted against Israel taking into account the brutalities at the time of Israel-Gaza conflict. Countries like Britain and France maintain good ties with Israel. India, from the time of Mahatma Gandhi, has been voting against the human rights violations and cruelties of Israel in Gaza even as the economic, military and diplomatic ties between both countries grew. India had backed a UN policy in July last year strongly critisising Israel. The country, this time has kept away from the process reflecting a significant policy change by the Centre. The latest move is also a sign of ‘warming ties between both the countries’ since the BJP came to power last year. Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that there was no change in the country’s policy and India’s reason for abstention was the reference to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The war crimes are investigated by the ICC. Since India doesn’t recognize ICC, it wasn’t possible to back the policy.
This is nothing but a mere excuse. There have been considerable changes in India’s stance towards the Zionist nation after Modi came to power with the country pandering to the interests of Israel. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Netanyahu had conversed with Prime Minister Modi on the phone asking him to stay away from the voting process ahead of the UN Council passing the resolution. India currently backs the criminals and support injustice. It’s unwise to support Israel when majority of the world countries voted against it. The financial support given to Israel by the US has apparently landed the country in a crisis. The Zionist country evidently has too much influence that it has a hand in forming the US policies. Whatever be the case, the support and corporation extended to Israel cannot be justified historically, ethically and diplomatically.