Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Absurd UNHRC Resolution on Israel -- And the Equally Absurd Indian Position
The UNHRC, that great defender of global human rights, has once again criticized Israel for the on-going war in Gaza, despite the fact that Israel has repeatedly accepted various ceasefires, while Hamas refuses to, even today. But considering the general record of the UNHRC on Israel-related issues, this does not comes as much of a surprise. And supporting the condemnation of Israel were some of the great defenders of human rights such as China, Cuba, Russia and Pakistan. What was surprising, however, was the Indian position on the issue. Though it was highly unlikely that India would have supported Israel directly by voting against the resolution -- such moral courage had long disappeared from our 'moral' foreign policy -- the hope was that there would be some adult supervision at the MEA under a Modi government and our diplomacy would not simply be about regurgitating our 1970s third worldist nonsense. But the Indian statement does not even mention Hamas or the rockets raining down on Israel, hiding behind euphemisms such as 'non-state actors' who are supposedly 'creating obstacles to the peace process'. Really?? Hamas rockets are just 'obstacles to the peace process'? What was the 26/11 Mumbai attack? A traffic jam?? Even Navy Pillay -- no great supporter of Israel -- mentioned the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel in her statement. India's spineless stand at Geneva has already come in for justified criticism. The argument that the Modi government has not had sufficient time to revise policies is beginning to look increasingly thin.