After abstaining from voting on a Jordanian-drafted resolution on the Israel-Hamas conflict last month, India was among 145 countries which supported a UN resolution that condemned Israeli settlement activities in "the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan”.
The United Nations on passed the resolution, named “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan”, on 9 November by a substantial majority.
Seven nations — the United States, Canada, Hungary, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Nauru — opposed the resolution, while 18 chose to abstain, reports Indian Express.
The resolution expressed the UN's disapproval of settlement activities in these regions, including land confiscation, disruption of the lives of protected individuals, forced relocation of civilians, and land annexation, whether de facto or through national legislation.
Earlier on 28 October, India refrained from voting on a resolution drafted by Jordan, which sought an immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities.
This resolution, which did not refer to the terror group Hamas, received 121 votes in support, 44 abstentions, and 14 votes against.
The resolution, titled “Protection of civilians and upholding legal and humanitarian obligations", also called for the immediate, continuous, sufficient and unhindered provision of essential goods and services to civilians throughout the Gaza Strip.
India's vote on November 9 mirrors its longstanding stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict, advocating for a two-state solution through negotiations.
This position was reiterated during the explanation of India's abstention on 28 October.
At that time, India emphasized that terrorism is a “malignancy” that transcends borders, nationalities, or races, and the international community should reject any rationalisation of terrorist activities.
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