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At BRICS India Sticks To Firm Support Of Israel

At BRICS India Sticks To Firm Support Of Israel

NEW DELHI, (IANS) – India appears to have emerged as a minority of one in the BRICS group’s stand on the Israel-Hamas war with South Africa as the chair taking the lead in mounting a vociferous attack on Israel.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, who hosted the BRICS summit on November 21, said that the collective punishment of Palestinian civilians through the unlawful use of force by Israel is a war crime.

“The deliberate denial of medicine, fuel, food, and water to the residents of Gaza is tantamount to genocide,” South African president said.

South Africa has also referred Israel to the International Criminal Court while the country’s parliament voted to shut down the Israeli embassy. Israel, on its part, has recalled its ambassador from South Africa.

China, Russia, and Brazil also voiced their criticism of Israel although they did not come out as strongly as South Africa.

India was the only country that did not jump onto the bandwagon and stuck to its balanced approach of condemning terrorism that led to the war.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped the BRICS “extraordinary meeting” and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar attended on his behalf, which perhaps was a signal that India would toe its own line on the issue.

India earlier abstained from a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, arguing that the text did not condemn Hamas.

In his speech at the conference, China’s President Xi Jinping called for a cease-fire and an end to what he called collective punishment by Israel to the people in Gaza. He said the international community should take steps to stop the war from spreading.

China had last month vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that stated that Israel had the right to defend itself.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in his address said there was a “humanitarian catastrophe” unfolding in Gaza and blamed the crisis on what he called the USA’s failed diplomacy.

He asserted that “all these events are a direct consequence of the U.S. desire to monopolize mediation functions in the Palestinian-Israeli settlement.”

Putin called for a cease-fire in Gaza, the freeing of hostages, and the evacuation of civilians from the Gaza Strip.

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called the war a “humanitarian catastrophe.” He said Hamas’s terrorist attacks, while “barbaric,” did not justify the use of “indiscriminate and disproportionate force against civilians.”

The BRICS group issued a joint statement after the meeting that called for the release of all civilians who are being illegally held captive, as well as a humanitarian truce that would lead to a cessation of hostilities.

“We condemned any kind of individual or mass forcible transfer and deportation of Palestinians from their own land,” the statement said.

Six countries — Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, and the United Arab Emirates — which have been invited to join the BRICS group next year, also attended the conference.

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  • India is against any terrorists and terrorism. India has 1st hand experience of terrorist and terrorism from its Neighbour country.
    Well done, India.

    November 27, 2023
    • Exactly, Palestine is to Israel what Pakistan is to us. We all remember 26/11 in Mumbai, we all know what is like to have a rogue state as a neighbor who wants nothing but our complete destruction. It’s why it’s easy to stand with and empathize with Israel.

      December 12, 2023
  • What about the the Israeli occupation, terrorism, jailing of minors , illegal settlements, demolishing & stealing houses , torturing Palestinians .

    November 27, 2023
    • Are you forgetting Palestinian attacks and terrorism or that Palestine is like Pakistan, a rogue nation bent on their neighbor’s destruction.. You are defending a rogue nation that wants the destruction of it’s neighbors like what Pakistan wants to do to us. Or have you forgotten 26/11?

      December 12, 2023
  • While continuing terrorism in Jammu Kashmir and deliberately ignoring worldwide calls to allow UN resolution be implemented there, India is no different than Israel in condemning terrorism…

    November 27, 2023
    • Are you dumb or just plain Stupid???

      November 30, 2023
      • He’s stupid, he forgets like a lot of Palestinian supporters Palestine is a rogue nation that wants to destroy their neighbors like Pakistan wants the same and like Pakistan Palestine is a terror state that launches rockets and attacks against their neighbor. Ring a bell?

        December 12, 2023
  • Apart from the local media and the graduates of WhatsApp University of India no one actually cares for India’s opinion on this. What the current government in India is concerned is about its vote bank. Any support to any Muslims across the world will have impact on his vote bank.

    November 28, 2023
  • India will, in the end, be embarrassed to have stood on the side of genocide.

    April 1, 2024

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