* In other words: India is paying the jiziyah also. Unfortunately, this article from Arab News doesn’t say anything about where this mystical ‘Palistan’ will be, but it looks as if Abu Abbas, ArafartsÂ successorÂ in the jihad Â against Israel, is India’s chosen ‘Peace Partner’.
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|Nilofar Suhrawardy | Arab News â€”|
|NEW DELHI: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attended a ceremony yesterday inaugurating the Embassy of Palestine that India has gifted the Palestinian government.Â Â
“You know how good relations we have, between India and Palestine since great Indira Gandhi and great Yasser Arafat,” said Abbas at the laying of the foundation stone for the embassy, located in Delhi’s diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri.
“And everyday it’s improving. We are very glad with the help and the support of the Indian people to the Palestine.”
At the ceremony, Singh said, “India will continue to do all it can to assist Palestine in all its endeavors, including capacity building.”
Singh backed UN resolutions relating to Palestinian statehood, the Arab peace plan calling for Israel’s full withdrawal from occupied territories including East Jerusalem in exchange for normalized relations, and the two-state solution with a “sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine living in a secure border, side by side with Israel.”
Singh also announced $20 million in Indian aid to Palestine. “I have great pleasure in announcing a grant of $10 million as budgetary support to the Palestinians National Authority to help meet its immediate requirements and a further $10 million 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 Dis in East Jerusalem.
Expressing regret over 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.”
The Palestinian Embassy, said Singh, would “serve as a symbol of our friendship and solidarity.” Abbas expressed hope to achieve independence so that an Indian Embassy could be built in East Jerusalem, which is where a future, viable Palestinian state would have its capital.
“We would like to see you (Singh) in Palestine as soon as possible,” Abbas said. On his arrival here on Monday night, Abbas was received by Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed.