In the recently concluded UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meeting, India took a step back from its position on the Israeli-Palestine issue, by voting in favour of Israel. Through the vote, India objected to awarding observer status to Shahed, a Palestinian non-governmental organisation.
The voting happened on 6th June at the UN. While countries such as US, France, Germany, India, Japan, UK, South Korea and Canada polled in favour of Israel, others like China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan voted in favour of the Palestine body. 28 countries voted in favour and 15 against, with five abstentions.
Israel accused that the organisation omitted several important facts, including its ties with the militant group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip.
Israel also thanked India for its support. “Thank you #India for standing with @IsraelinUN and rejecting the request of the 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,” Deputy Chief of Mission at Israel’s Embassy in New Delhi tweeted.
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
Following the vote, a press release by Israel’s Permanent Mission to the UN said the Palestinian organisation, registered in Lebanon under the name “Witness”, apparently deals with the rights of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
“The joint political activity bore fruit, and in the vote held today in ECOSOC, 28 out of 47 countries in the Council objected to granting the terrorist organization the special status,” it said.