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India’s policy shifts from supporting Palestine to collaborating with Zionist regime

From past to present, India’s policy towards the Palestine issue has changed, shifting from supporting a nation living under occupation to supporting the occupiers themselves, a support that has extended not only politically and economically but also militarily. Why and how did this happen? In 1947, India voted against the partition of Palestine in the United Nations General Assembly. It was the first nonArab country to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people” in 1947. It was also among the first countries to recognize the State of Palestine in 1988. Despite recognizing the Zionist regime in 1950, India did not establish any diplomatic relations with it until 1992. Political Support However, contrary to the past, as soon as the ‘Flood of Al-Aqsa’ event, a significant escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, began on October 7, India swiftly moved towards extensive political support for the Zionist regime. Just a few hours after the start of this operation, ‘Narendra Modi,’ the Prime Minister of India, was among the first global leaders to condemn it. The Indian Foreign Minister also took the same position. In line with unconditional support for the Zionist regime, India abstained from voting in favor of a ceasefire in Gaza on October 27 at the United Nations. According to Al Jazeera’s report, the political support influenced the hardline Hindu stance. It launched a campaign on social media to spread misleading information about Gaza in favor of the Zionist regime. This action aimed to promote anti-Islamic statements and to target the Muslim minority in India. Furthermore, Indian authorities allowed protests in support of the Zionist regime across the country and suppressed protests in support of Palestinians. What changed? To understand the significant shift in India’s policy towards Palestine, more analyses point to two fundamental factors: “Hindu nationalism and hostility towards Islam.” “Since Modi took office, Hindu nationalism has been on the rise. However, he believes that most Indians still support the Palestinian struggle for independence,” said Ashok Swain, head of the Peace and Conflict Studies Department at Uppsala University in Sweden. Additionally, Indian media is heavily influenced by the current government. Hence, they publish news that is mainly against Palestine. Ashok Swain emphasized that the Modi government believes that as long as the Gaza war continues, the media should continue to condemn Hamas, providing an opportunity to increase Islam phobia within Indian society. “The Indian government believes that branding Hamas as ‘representative of Islamic terrorism’ can benefit them, and its support for Israel is part of this government’s anti-Islamic political orientation,” said “Pamela Philipose,” a journalist and researcher based in Delhi. “There are many common features between Zionism and Hindu nationalism. Both ideologies share the goal of expansionism and marginalization,” she said. Both of these movements describe India and the Jewish state, respectively, as Hindu and Jewish civilizations “contaminated by aliens, especially Muslims,” and their ambition now is to restore India and the Jewish state to their former glory as Hindu and Jewish states. It should not be forgotten that the Indian government, under the leadership of the BJP party, is undergoing one of its most biased periods in power: the party has adopted Islamophobic policies domestically and imposed restrictions on Muslims and Islamic places. India is among the governments that have not hesitated to suppress and ruthlessly massacre Muslims. The Indian Minister of Internal Affairs confirmed in 2023 that since 2019, 9,765 women have gone missing in occupied Kashmir, including 1,148 girls under the age of 18. Besides, the Indian government is constructing idolatrous temples instead of ancient Masjids, exemplified by the construction of a temple in place of the Babri Masjid. Under Modi’s leadership, the Indian government, like the Jewish state in the Middle East, commits crimes and atrocities against Muslims, while America, like the Jewish state in the Middle East, provides comprehensive support to the Indian government in South Asia and seeks to subject Islamic lands in both South Asia and the Middle East to the power of these two brutal states. Mukhtar Safi

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