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Earlier I saw a thread on Israeli occupation of Palestine. I have neither the knowledge nor the inlination to comment on that thread. But while that thread was about cruelty and violence, I thought I would open a thread about humanity and helping others.

This is not a thread for flaming. I am posting it to show how my country is actually helping the Palestinians. Pictures of violence and cruelty will only promote more violence and cruelty. I believe that articles of peace, help and humanity will promote more of the same. I want tos how that the world is not blind to suffering of others.

While I'll be posting about Indian aid, I welcome others to post about aid from other countries.
 

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The Relationship between India and Palestine

Indo-Palestinian relations have been largely influenced by the independence struggle against British colonialism. After India achieved its independence in 1947, the country has moved to support Palestinian self-determination following the partition of British India. In the light of a religious partition between India and Pakistan, the impetus to boost ties with Muslim states around the world was a further tie to India's support for the Palestinian cause. Though it started to waver in the late 1980s and 1990s as the recognition of Israel led to diplomatic exchanges, the ultimate support for the Palestinian cause was still an underlying concern.

Beyond the recognition for Palestinian self-determination ties have been largely dependent upon socio-cultural bonds, while economic relations were neither cold nor warm.


India was the first non-Arab country to contemporaneously recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization's authority as "the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people." A PLO office was set up in the Indian capital in 1975, with full diplomatic relations established in March 1980. In return, India opened a Representative Office in Gaza on June 25, 1996. Indian support was said to extend to "consistent and unwavering support" on the Palestinian issue, where it shared the perception that the question of Palestine is at the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict. India has thus consistently supported the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to a State and the consequent imperative need for a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region based on UN Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 425, as well as the principle of "Land for Peace." India has also supported the Madrid Conference of October, 1991.[1]

Continued support
Following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 2006, India came out, surprisingly, saying Israeli use of force was "disproportionate and excessive."

India participated in the 2007 Annapolis Conference and the consequent donors conference. India's government noted the direct relevance for India on the issue and favoured the creation of "sovereign, independent, united states of Palestine" asserting that its support for the cause remains unwavered. External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, briefed the Consultative Committee in his ministry saying, "India's support to the Palestinian cause has not wavered."[2] Practically a year later, as a gesture of solidarity with the Palestinian cause, India gifted a piece of prized real estate in the Indian capital’s elite diplomatic enclave for the building of an embassy of the Palestinian National Authority's President (PAP) Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas will lay the foundation stone of the chancery-cum-residence complex of the embassy of Palestine, where the PAP Abbas would formally dedicate the building to the people of Palestine from the people of India. The gift underscored India’s "unwavering solidarity and commitment to an independent Palestine" and was seen by some to balance its growing relations with Israel.[3] On his visit, the PAP said that India had played a great role in West Asia peace process. After the ceremonial reception and a guard of honour at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan, Abbas said relations between India and Palestine had always been good and that the two countries were making efforts to improve such relations. "You know how good relations we have, between India and Palestine since [the] great Indira Gandhi and [the] great Yasir Arafat. And everyday, it’’s improving. We are very glad with the help and the support of the Indian people to the Palestine."[4] The next day the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "India believes that the solution should be based on the relevant U.N. Resolutions, the Arab Peace Plan and the Quartet road map resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine living within secure and recognised borders, side by side at peace with Israel."[5] A joint statement also added that "India also called for an end to the expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine and for an early and significant easing of restrictions on the free movement of persons and goods within Palestine."[6]

Domestic Palenstinian controversy arose, however, as Abbas received some flak for his intransigence. On the visit to India he stated that the country's "growing relationship with Israel is not a matter of concern for [the] Palestinians" as New Delhi's support for Palestinian independence remained clear. He was condemned for making an "utterly irresponsible, gratuitous statement" as "shameful" as it was "politically futile" and stood no chance to win the PA anything in return. Without an apparatus of Palestinian democratic accountability by the representatives of the people the flood of official Palestinian concessions was "guaranteed to continue unabated" as it would cause further damage to the struggle for "inalienable rights." While talking about India's growing engagement with Israel, particularly in the field of defence, Abbas said, "India's relations with Israel is its sovereign decision. We are not going to interfere. We know very well that India is supportive of the Palestinian struggle for achieving its own independence."[7] His controversial comments were in stark contrast to report than India became Israel's second largest trading partner, while India became Israel's largest arm's market and the latter became the former's largest arms supplier.[8] However, it was also said that the Palestinian economy has "incredible potential" which could be unleashed if the Israeli restrictions on Palestinian movement were lifted, this was accorded by the regional World Bank chief just after a high-level World Bank delegation inaugurated a sewage storage facility on a rare trip to the Hamas-ruled Gaza.[9]

While Indian support has often relied on the age-old, and often qualifiable propaganda basis, certain points did bound the pre-partition states of Ireland, India, and Palestine[10]. On this front, where Israel "unabashedly defends the rights of Jews over all others, India (as a state) has never claimed religious exclusivism for it's [sic] Hindu citizens,"[11] this gave credence to a legitimate support for the Palestinian cause. It was also showed, through academic analysis, that "economic factors can have a profound impact efforts to resolve conflict peaceably."[12] With this aforementions disclaimer, India could, theoretically, be an important ally to improve tensions.[13] Studies of such parallels have also shown that economic factors do now draw positive yields.[14]
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India continued moral, material and technical support to Palestine and the Palestinian people. At the Washington Donors Conference in October, 1995, India pledged, and met, US$1 million for assistance to the Palestinian people. At the subsequent pledging conference in Paris in January, 1996, India pledged another US$1 million in assistance to the Palestinians, which was utilised for construction of a Library-cum-Activity Centre at the Palestinian Technical College in Deir-El-Balah and another Library at the Al-Azhar University in Gaza. At yet another International Donors Conference in Washington DC on 30 November, 1998, India pledged another US$1 million as assistance to Palestine. Out of the latter, a sum of US$ 300,000/- had been disbursed to Al-Azhar University in Gaza for the construction of two additional floors to its library. The remaining amount was utilised for a Human Resource Development Programme.

Following a visit of a security delegation to India in March, 1997, led by the Head of the Palestinian Security Forces, Maj. Gen. Nasser Yussef, India offered 51 specialised security training slots to Palestinians in various disciplines during the year 1997-98, which accounted for an estimated expenditure of Rs. 55 lakhs. India also continued to offer 8 scholarships under ICCR Schemes to Palestinian students for higher studies in India, while also offering several slots for training courses under the ITEC Programme.

India added more than 50 training slots, at a cost of Rs. 40.63 lakhs, to Palestinian personnel for specialised training courses during the financial year 1998-99, where 58 Palestinian officers completed their training. During the financial year 1999-2000, 38 more Palestinian officers utilised the facilities for training.[1] In October 2008 Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas visited new Delhi. India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced an assistance of 20 million US dollars to the Palestinian Authority and promised to do all New Delhi can to help it in all its endeavours.

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Here are some of the articles su-47 could not post.

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India pledges aid to UN for Palestinian refugees
PTI, Dec 4, 2003, 02.59pm IST

UNITED NATIONS: India is among 19 countries which have pledged to contribute a total of $72 million towards next year's budget for the UN agency helping Palestinian refugees but the agency says it needs much more because of deteriorating economic situation in the Palestinian territories.

At a meeting of the General Assembly's Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions on Wednesday, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugee in the Near East (UNRWA) said its overall budget for next year - $330 million - represented a 5 per cent fall in real terms, despite an increase in the number of refugees requiring its help.

UNRWA's Commissioner-General, Peter Hansen, told the meeting that its resources had not kept up with the increasing demands from refugees.

The agency provides education, health, micro-finance and social services to more than four million refugees spread across Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinian territories of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

But senior UNRWA officials thanked the donor countries, saying their combined pledges of $72 million are a significant rise on last year's total of $47.5 million.

Besides India, the countries that pledged to help included Australia, Bahrain, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Indonesia, Ireland, South Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. The Observer for the Holy See also made a pledge.
 

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educational channel/ Rafah Zoo/India aid


On July 26, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information Nabil Sha’ath and Basem Abu Sumaya, President of the Palestinian Radio and Television Committee, visited Al Quds Open University in Ramallah to launch the university’s educational satellite channel. The project, under the auspices of university president Yunis Amer, will cater for 50,000 students in and out of the country.

Rafah Zoo reopened for business on July 29. The small zoo was destroyed in the Israeli invasion of Gaza’s southernmost city last year, and what animals survived were housed in people’s basements until the rebuilding was complete. The zoo, in the Brazil Camp, includes wolves, foxes, deer and some rare birds. Zoo owner Fathi Malik said he has as yet not received any compensation from the Israeli government. The zoo has been rebuilt with voluntary donations.

On August 2, Prime Minister Ahmed Qrei’ said India had earmarked $15 million for different projects in Palestine and abroad. The projects include a Palestinian Embassy in Delhi, a college in Ramallah, a cardiology health center in Nablus, a new Prime Ministry and a school in Abu Dis, a technology information college in Gaza, and a park and zoo in Jenin. -Published August 03, 2005©Pal

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India gifts embassy to Palestine, pledge $20 million aid

October 7th, 2008 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS -


New Delhi, Oct 7 (IANS) In a gesture reaffirming unwavering commitment to the Palestinian cause, India Tuesday announced an assistance of $20 million to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and gifted it a new embassy that is being built in the heart of the capital’s diplomatic enclave.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks with PNA President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a four-day state visit to India, on a wide range of subjects, including the peace process in West Asia.

The two leaders laid the foundation stone of the chancery-cum-residence complex of the embassy of Palestine and formally dedicated the building “to the people of Palestine as a gift from the people of India”.

“I reiterated to President Abbas India’s consistent support to a negotiated solution to the Palestine issue,” Manmohan Singh said at a function organized at the ground of the the proposed chancery-cum-residence complex at Chanakyapuri area.

“India believes that the solution should be based on the relevant United Nations resolution, the Arab Peace Plan and the chartered roadmap resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine living in a secure border, side by side with Israel,” stressed Manmohan Singh.

He also announced a grant of $10 million as budgetary support to the PNA to help meet its immediate requirements and another $10 million dollars as assistance for development projects.

An agreement on the construction of a school in the name of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Abu Dees in Palestine was also signed between the two sides.

Thanking India for its consistent support to the Palestinian cause, Abbas said: “I would like to be very frank and say that India has given help and assistance to Palestine without asking for any favour in return.

“India is playing an important role in all fields (concerning Palestine), including the peace process… We appreciate India’s support,” Abbas said.

A Palestinian spokesman said: “The two leaders discussed a range of issues including chalking a roadmap for future cooperation and developmental works in Palestine.”

Abbas’ visit comes at a time when the West Asia peace process is under strain even as India is increasingly seen as a credible interlocutor by Palestine and Israel due to its excellent relations with both sides.

However, a cautious India, which was among the first countries to recognize the declaration of the state of Palestine in 1988, has refrained from getting directly involved so far.

With some political opponents accusing the Manmohan Singh government of betraying the Palestinian cause, New Delhi has designated Abbas’ trip as “state visit” to underline its special ties with the Palestinian people.

PNA Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki and other senior officials are accompanying Abbas on this state visit to India.

Abbas also met President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani.

The visit is seen as a balancing exercise by New Delhi in view of its rapid expansion of diplomatic, military and trade ties with Tel Aviv since it recognized Israel in 1992. Israel is now the second largest arms supplier to India after Russia.
 

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India Stands Committed To Palestinian Cause
October 16, 2008 by TMO

By Nilofar Suhrawardy, MMNS


NEW DELHI: India has played its diplomatic card astutely by assuring Palestinians that the country stands by its commitment for independence of Palestine. This would not be affected by the strengthening of ties between India and Israel. Convinced by India’s assurance, the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas concluded his four-day India visit on a positive note. “India’s relations with Israel are its sovereign decision. We are not going to interfere. We know very well that India is supportive of the Palestinian struggle for achieving its own independence,” Abbas replied when asked about New Delhi’s increasing engagement with Tel Aviv.
On his arrival here on Monday night, Abbas was received warmly by Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed (October 6). He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki, Advisor to the President and Official Spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeineh, Advisor to the President Ziad Abu ‘Amr and other officials. This was his second visit since Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government assumed power. Abbas was last here in May 2005. The following morning, after being accorded the ceremonial reception and the guard of honor at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Abbas hailed the continuous improvement in Indo-Palestine ties. “You know how good relations we have, between India and Palestine since great Indira Gandhi and great Yasser Arafat. And everyday, it’s improving. We are very glad with the help and the support of the Indian people to the Palestine,” Abbas said.
The highlight of Abbas’ visit was marked by India gifting Palestine Embassy-cum-residential premises in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri. While laying foundation stone for the Embassy along with Abbas, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said: “India will continue to do all it can to assist Palestine in all its endeavours, including capacity building” (October 7).
Expressing appreciation, Abbas said: “India is giving us support without us asking it. Whenever I come here, I am surprised to see more and more announcements of aid.”
Singh and Abbas held wide-ranging talks, during which they discussed West Asia peace process, among other issues. “India believes that the solution should be based on the relevant United Nations resolution, the Arab Peace Plan and the chartered road map resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine living in a secure border, side by side with Israel,” Singh said. Abbas described the talks as “very fruitful and productive,” with Singh having affirmed India’s “consistent support to negotiated settlement to the Palestinian issue.”
Singh and Abbas also discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation. Singh announced $20 million aid for Palestine. “I have great pleasure in announcing a grant of 10 million dollars as budgetary support to the Palestinians National Authority to help meet its immediate requirements and a further 10 million dollars as assistance for development projects,” he said.
During their meeting, the two sides signed an agreement under which India will build a school, named after India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, in Abu Dees in Palestine.
Expressing regret on violence in occupied territories earlier this year, including Gaza, Singh said: “We were shocked and dismayed. We hope wiser counsel will prevail and path of dialogue will remain the preferred path to realize peace in the region.” Describing New Delhi’s commitment to Palestine cause as “rooted in history,” Singh said: “India and Palestine have been steadfast in their relations and it is only fitting to have Embassy of Palestinian National Authority here.” The Mission would “serve as a symbol of our friendship and solidarity,” Singh said.
Abbas expressed hope to achieve independence so that Indian Embassy could be built in Jerusalem. “We would like to see you (Singh) in Palestine as soon as possible,” Abbas said.
Ahead of his talks with Singh, Abbas expressed that Palestine expects India to play a crucial role in the Middle East peace process. “India maintains special relations with all the countries in our region, including the state of Israel, and can do a lot to push forward the peace process,” Abbas said.
A joint statement issued on October 9 stated that Abbas’ visit “marked another important landmark in long history of close and fraternal interactions between India and Palestine.” During his visit, bilateral discussions held “reflected the traditionally close and cordial ties between India and Palestine and the solidarity that government and people of India have always shown for Palestine,” the statement said.
India reiterated its well-known support for Palestinian cause, “calling for a negotiated solution resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine living within secure and recognized borders, side by side at peace with Israel as endorsed in the Quartet Roadmap and United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1397 and 1515. India also reiterated its support for the Arab Peace Plan,” the statement said. Besides, India “called for an end to expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine and for an early and significant easing of restrictions on free movement of persons and goods within Palestine.”
India “renewed its commitment to economic development of Palestine.” Both sides will work together to develop an information technology in Palestine and also explore ways of cooperating in water resources sector, the statement said. On the invitations Abbas extended to Indian President and Prime Minister to visit Palestine, the statement said: “The invitations were accepted with pleasure and dates would be settled through diplomatic channels in due course.”
Before concluding his India visit, when asked about possible impact of change of leadership in Israel, Abbas replied: “Until this moment we have been negotiating with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. During his negotiations, she (prime minister-designate Tzipi Livni) attended all the meetings and she is really acquainted with the negotiation process.” Refraining from comparing the two leaders, who belong to the same party, Abbas said: “The moment Livni forms her own government, we will start negotiating with her.”
“According to basic law and election law, it states very clearly that presidential and legislative elections should carry on at the same time. So that is why we are waiting for the Arab proposal in order to initiate such elections. The sooner the Arab proposal is ready, the sooner we will have elections,” Abbas said in response to a question on Hamas’ refusal to accept his Presidency after January.
On whom did PA see as biggest problem in West Asia, United States or Israel, Abbas said: “No one negates the fact that they are allies and that is why their policies are the same and their influences are also the same.”
During his visit, President Pratibha Patil hosted a banquet in his honor. Among leaders who called on Abbas were Vice President Hamid Ansari, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chief Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani and others.
 

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Friday met Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor who reassured the visiting leader of New Delhi’s support for peace and development in the Middle East.

“(I had an) excellent meeting with President Abbas and (Foreign Minister Riyad al) Maliki of Palestine,” Tharoor wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter, shortly after the meeting.

Tharoor said he had a “thorough discussion” on the political situation and peace process in the Middle East. He also assured Abbas and Maliki of “Indian help for Palestine”, the minister added.

Abbas arrived in New Delhi Thursday on a two-day unannounced visit to India. The trip comes even as he came under a cloud after a leading Israeli television channel broadcast a tape showing Abbas’ aide allegedly trying to receive sexual favours from a Palestinian woman.

The meeting with Tharoor comes a day after Abbas met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who announced $10 million aid for Palestine.

Manmohan Singh in his meeting with Abbas reiterated India’s commitment to the Palestinian cause in line with United Nations Security Council calling for a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine.

“The prime minister announced a grant of $10 million as budget support to the Palestinian National Authority and reassured Abbas of India’s support for economic and social development,” an official said.

Manmohan Singh hosted a dinner for Abbas and his delegation. The two leaders held discussions on the fresh efforts at initiating a peace process in the volatile Middle East region.

“They also discussed the Russian proposal for a meeting of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the US (the Quartet working for peace in the Middle East),” the official said.

The visit of the Palestinian president comes about a fortnight ahead of Manmohan Singh’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

India has been supporting a peaceful resolution of the Middle East conflict. In 1974 it recognised the Palestine Liberation Organisation as the sole representative of the Palestinian people. India in 1988 became the first non-Arab country to recognise the state of Palestine.
 

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New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor *on Friday said that India is keen to witness the restoration of peace between Palestine and Israel.

After his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Tharoor said, “India has been a very strong supporter of two-state solution. We have been behind the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on Palestine. We would like to see Palestine and Israel living side by side behind secure borders in prosperity and peace. Where we can be helpful is certainly something we continue discussing with our friends.”

“We have had a good conversation about that. At the appropriate time, we can certainly take the right steps. At this point, we are very happy to be in a careful listening mode, and we are certainly very pleased with the quality and substance of dialogue we had with the President (Mahmoud Abbas),” added Tharoor.

India has pledged support for Palestine in its struggle for self-determination and resolution of tensions in the region through dialogues.

Palestine Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said, “The idea is really to brief the leadership (of India) about the political situation and also to listen from them their advice, and based on talks we will determine our ways forward.”

“At the same time, of course, we are really focused on our bilateral relations. Our bilateral relations are excellent but still, you know, we are keen to even deepen further such relations, and we have discussed many potential areas of cooperation in the future, he added. (ANI)

*Note Shashi Tharoor is no longer the Minister of state for external affairs
 

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since you said you didn't have the time to post the above articles i took the liberty of posting them my self hope you don't mind.
 

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Bilateral visitation

PLO President Yasser Arafat visited India on 20–22 November 1997. He also paid a one day visit to India on 10 April 1999. In 1997 an Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation was signed between the two states. The MOU provided for a structured framework for bilateral co-operation in such diverse areas as commerce, trade, culture, science & technology, industrial collaboration, information and broadcasting, amongst others. Arafat also laid the foundation stone of an auditorium to be built by the Indo-Arab League in Hyderabad. In April, 1997 he attended the 12th Ministerial Conference of Non-Aligned Movement, where he addressed the NAM Foreign Ministers in a special session.
The PLO's Executive Committee member, Sulaiman Najjab, visited India to participate in a seminar on "Prospects for Peace in the Middle East," organised by the United Nations’ Department of Information on 3–4 February 1998. The Director General of the Palestine Election Commission also visited India in February, 1998 to familiarise himself with the election process in India, where he visited Gandhi Nagar and Mumbai to witness the election process. The Palestinian Minister of Housing and Energy, Abdel Rahman Hamad, visited India in April, 1998 to attend another seminar organised by the Council of Arab Ambassadors. During the visit, he called on the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Minister of External Affairs. A Member of the Executive Committee of Al-Fateh, in charge of foreign relations and a member of the Palestine National Council, Hani Al-Hasan, visited India as a representative of the PLO to attend the 17h Congress of the Communist Party of India (CPI) held at Chennai from 18–20 September 1998. He also called on the Minister of External Affairs.
An Indian official delegation visited the Palestinian self-rule areas in May, 1997 and called on President Arafat in Gaza. The Minister for External Affairs, Saleem I. Shervani, met the Foreign Minister of the State of Palestine, Farouk Kaddoumi, at Tunis on 5 September 1997. Following this an MOU on Bilateral Co-operation between the Government of India and the PNA was concluded in November, 1997. There was a strengthening of co-operation in the field of trade, culture and information.
 

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Thank you Indiarox. You did me a real favour there.

There are many armchair warriors that keep slamming India's support of Israel. These articles show that we are not blind to Palestinian suffering and that we are doing what we can to help them. While some incite violence, we are trying to give the people a chance to come out of the cycle of violence.

And i think the Palestinians appreciate our help more than that of the people who keep calling for the death of Israel, but actually won't do anything to help the Palestinians.
 

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India assures support for Palestinian cause to Abbas

NEW DELHI - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Friday ended his two-day unannounced visit to India with New Delhi pledging support to an independent Palestine state coexisting with Israel, and a $10 million support for development of the conflict-hit region.

Abbas met Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor Friday - a day after he had a dinner meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shorty after his arrival in New Delhi.

Tharoor reassured the visiting Palestinian leader of New Delhi’s support for peace and development in the Middle East.

“We would like to see Palestine and Israel living side by side behind secure borders in prosperity and peace. Where we can be helpful is certainly something we continue discussing with our friends,” Tharoor told reporters after the meeting.

“(I had an) excellent meeting with President Abbas and (Foreign Minister Riyad al) Maliki of Palestine,” Tharoor later wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Tharoor said he had a “thorough discussion” on the political situation and peace process in the Middle East. He also assured Abbas and Maliki of “Indian help for Palestine”.

Abbas arrived in New Delhi Thursday on a two-day unannounced visit to India. His visit comes in the wake of a controversy after a leading Israeli television channel broadcast a tape showing Abbas’ aide allegedly trying to receive sexual favours from a Palestinian woman.

Abbas Thursday night met Manmohan Singh who announced $10 million as budget support to the Palestinian National Authority and reassured Abbas of India’s support for economic and social development.

Manmohan Singh in his meeting with Abbas reiterated “India’s commitment to the Palestinian cause in line with United Nations Security Council calling for a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine”, a ministry of external affairs spokesperson said.

Manmohan Singh hosted dinner for Abbas and his delegation. The two leaders held discussions on the fresh efforts at initiating a peace process in the volatile Middle East region.

“They also discussed the Russian proposal for a meeting of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the US (the Quartet working for peace in the Middle East),” the official said.

The visit of the Palestinian president comes about a fortnight ahead of Manmohan Singh’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

India has been supporting a peaceful resolution of the Middle East conflict. In 1974 it recognised the Palestine Liberation Organisation as the sole representative of the Palestinian people. India in 1988 became the first non-Arab country to recognise the state of Palestine.

About the visit, Malki said: “The idea is really to brief the (Indian) leadership about the political situation and also to listen from them their advice.”

“Of course we are focused on our bilateral relations. Our bilateral relations are excellent but still, you know, we are keen to even deepen further such relations, and we have discussed many potential areas of cooperation in the future,” he added.
 

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India has done good work with regards to Palestine.It also condemmed Israel several times despite having good mil relations with Israel.So i think India is far better then other states who just like to give big speeches and emotional outbrusts for Palestine and nothing else.
 

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India has done good work with regards to Palestine.It also condemmed Israel several times despite having good mil relations with Israel.So i think India is far better then other states who just like to give big speeches and emotional outbrusts for Palestine and nothing else.
Thank you for that Un- Biased opinion on India's foreign relations with Israel and Palestine
 

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