In a significant diplomatic move, India joined 144 other nations in voting in favor of a United Nations resolution adopted on November 9, condemning Israeli settlements in Palestine. Trinamool national spokesperson Saket Gokhale expressed satisfaction on X, stating, “Very glad that Republic of India voted in favour of the resolution. Israel’s occupation of Palestine through settlers is ILLEGAL. Israel’s apartheid must end NOW.”
The UN resolution, titled “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan” (document A/C.4/78/L.15), received overwhelming support with 145 countries in favor, 18 abstentions, and 7 countries voting against. The countries opposing the resolution included the United States, Canada, Hungary, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Nauru.
According to the UN statement on the resolution, it condemns settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan. The resolution also denounces activities involving the confiscation of land, disruption of the livelihood of protected persons, forced transfer of civilians, and annexation of land, whether de facto or through national legislation.
Earlier, India abstained from voting on a UN resolution calling for a truce in Gaza. The resolution, proposed by Jordan, garnered 120 votes in favor, 14 against, and 45 abstentions. The abstention by India sparked criticism from some opposition leaders, but New Delhi explained that its decision was guided by a steadfast and consistent position: the resolution did not condemn Hamas, and India believes that terrorists must be unequivocally condemned.