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Congress Party Urges Indian Government to Support UN Ceasefire Resolution in Gaza Conflict

Expresses Solidarity with Palestinians and Advocates for Dialogue to End Violence

The Congress party has urged the Indian government to vote for a UN resolution on a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where the war between Israel and Hamas has killed over a thousand people in the last two weeks. The party has also expressed its support for the rights of the Palestinian people and called for an immediate end to the violence.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, passed a resolution on November 5, 2023, saying that the party stands by the Palestinian cause and their right to land, self-government and dignity. The resolution also said that the party was saddened by the loss of lives and property in the war and urged both sides to stop the violence and resume talks.

The CWC resolution came after the party condemned the attacks on Israel that took place on October 7, 2023. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said that the party does not support any kind of violence and believes that the region’s problems can only be solved through dialogue. He also said that the party has always respected the national security interests of Israel and the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians.

However, the party also slammed the Indian government’s stance on the conflict, which was to abstain from voting on a UN resolution on an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip on October 31, 2023. The resolution, adopted by 156 votes in favour, 8 against and 12 abstentions, called for an end to the hostilities and the protection of civilians.

The party said the government’s abstention goes against India’s historical position and reflects its inconsistency and lack of clarity[^2^][2]. AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said that the government’s stance was “highly disappointing” and urged it to express its views on the matter with dignity and respect, just as in the past. He also said that India used to support the Palestinian cause and condemn any aggression by either side, but also that India must lead efforts to bring peace and provide relief to the affected.

The Congress party’s stand on the Gaza conflict is in line with its long-standing position, which has been to support the two-state solution and the peaceful coexistence of Israel and Palestine. The party has also been influenced by its ideological affinity with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), founded by Yasser Arafat, a close friend of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The party’s stand is also different from the BJP’s stand, which has been to strengthen its ties with Israel and support its right to self-defence against terrorism. The BJP has also accused the Congress of being “anti-national” and “anti-Israel” for its stand on the Gaza conflict.

The Gaza conflict has exposed the differences between the two major political parties in India and their views on the Middle East. While the Congress party has tried to balance its support for both Israel and Palestine, the BJP has tilted towards Israel and its ally, the US. The conflict has also been raised.

Rohit Sharma

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