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Silence on Gaza has lowered India's standing internationally: Kejriwal
Thursday July 17, 2014 7:03 PM, IANS

Slamming the Central Government for resisting a debate in Parliament on the Gaza situation, the Aam Aadmi Party today said that its "silence" has lowered the country's standing in the international community.

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[More than 220 Palestinians have been killed in ten days of Israeli ari raids on Gaza. Most of the casualities are of civilians including a large number of children]

"External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's refusal to debate the Gaza situation in Parliament today is highly disturbing. The government's silence at this crucial juncture violates the well settled principles of Indian foreign policy. It raises serious questions the dangerous direction in which the Narendra Modi Government appears to be taking the country's foreign policy.

"The Government's silence on the atrocities being committed in Gaza have lowered India's standing in the international community," a statement issued by AAP said.

The party has also demanded that the nation should not resile from its earlier principled position on Palestine and the Government should come forward to give all possible humanitarian aid to Palestine.

"Earlier the UPA and now the NDA government, both have shown a gradual tilt towards Israel, but the latest action of the NDA government has hit a new low.

"The all-out assault by the Israeli military, especially the air force, on Palestinian civilians in Gaza, is a gross violation of international human rights norms and instruments including the Geneva conventions. While we deplore the killing of three Israeli settlers, this can be no excuse for the rampant killing of Palestinian civilians, with the toll rising above 150," the party said in its statement.

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