On Wednesday, the executive board of UNESCO, the UN’s cultural heritage agency, passed a one-sided resolution that solely condemned Israel’s aggression on the Temple Mount, and declared that the Jewish holy sites of the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb are “integral parts of Palestine.”
India was one of the 26 countries that voted for the motion, while another 25 abstained and six voted against.
India, whose president Pranab Mukherjee visited Israel and the Palestinian Authority last week – and at two public appearances in the PA did not once condemn terrorism – joined the other “usual suspects” in voting against Israel.
These include 16 countries of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Conference, as well as other states such as Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Russia and China.
Israel hoped that India was changing its voting patterns following two votes in the summer where it abstained – one at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva dealing with Operation Protective Edge, and another on a vote to give UN recognition to an NGO that Israel said was linked to Hamas – leading to speculation that India was ending its reflexive support for the Palestinians at the UN.