Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Palestinian security officer shot by Israeli gunfire in Nablus

Palestinian security officer shot by Israeli gunfire in Nablus

The ECOSOC vote, which took place at the United Nations, saw countries such as the US, France, Germany, India, Japan, the UK, South Korea and Canada polling in favour of Israel, while China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and others voted against it.

"The resolution, initiated by the Israeli delegation to the United Nations against the granting of status, was adopted by an overwhelming majority of the members of the UN Economic and Social Council", Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. "India was the first country to support us among the Asia group, so we are very happy", she said. In April, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the decision to rename the small Jewish village of Kela Alon after the U.S. president, following the USA administration's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Following the voting, Shahed's application was turned down by the Council.

There was no official comment from India on the vote.

India's position on the Middle East Peace Process has been consistent and clear.

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"Israel is seeking to create a state of security and political chaos with a view to creating an atmosphere to pass the USA peace plan, known as "deal of the century" the ministry said in an announcement.

Israel says its blockade is necessary to stop arms reaching Hamas, with which it has fought three wars since the group seized control of Gaza in 2007, two years after Israel withdrew its settlers and troops from the small coastal enclave.

"If Prime Minister Netanyahu makes good on his promise to annex West Bank settlements, he should know that a President Buttigieg would take steps to ensure that American taxpayers won't help foot the bill", Buttigieg said.

Though the vote happened on June 6, it came to light on Tuesday when Maya Kadosh, deputy chief of mission at the Israeli embassy, 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".

The Committee does not decide but only recommends. In most cases, ECOSOC decides to approve the recommendations made to it by the NGO Committee.

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