By Muslim Mirror Staff
New Delhi: Changing its decades-old position on two-state theory, India voted in favour of a decision introduced by Israel in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that objected to granting consultative status to a Palestinian non-governmental organisation, Shahed, after the Jewish state said the organisation did not disclose its ties with Hamas.
Shahed is a human rights and humanitarian issues organisation. Israel has declared it a terrorist organisation and sees the group as the Lebanese arm of the militant group Hamas.
This is the first time India has taken a step back from its decades-old position on the two-state theory under which New Delhi sees both Israel and Palestine as separate and independent countries, seeking to bring peace in West Asia.
After decades of standing behind the Palestinian people, India under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has tilted in Israel’s favour as the Hindu nationalism of India finds common cause with the ethno-nationalism of the Zionist state.
Israeli PM Netanyahu has thanked his Indian counterpart Modi for voting in favour of Israel. “Thank you NarendraModi, thank you India, for your support and for standing with Israel at the UN,” Netanyahu said in a tweet on Wednesday, almost a week after the June 6 vote.
“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” tweeted Maya Kadosh, Israel’s deputy chief of mission in India.