OIC resolution demands end to Israeli aggression
57-nation league asks Israel to respect Muslims’ access to Al Aqsa Mosque
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has adopted a resolution demanding Israel stop atrocious attacks on innocent Palestinians in gross violation of international law and United Nations resolutions.
The resolution was adopted by the Virtual Open-Ended Extraordinary Meeting of OIC’s Executive Committee at Level of Foreign Ministers on Sunday.
The 57-nation league warned that the continuation of barbaric attacks by Israel would put regional stability at risk.
The OIC asked Israel to respect Muslims’ access to Al Aqsa Mosque and stop settlers from forcibly evicting Palestinian families from their homes.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud opened the meeting by urging the global community to end the escalation in violence and revive peace negotiations based on a two-state solution.
He urged the world to play its part for a peaceful solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict.
The United Nations Security Council came under fire for not playing due role to restore peace to the region.
"De-escalation and the highest degree of restraint are important to avoid dragging the region to new levels of instability," said UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem al-Hashimy.
“The massacre of Palestinian children today follows the purported normalisation,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. “This criminal and the genocidal regime has once again proven that friendly gestures only aggravate its atrocities.”
Zarif accused Israel of genocide and crimes against humanity.
“Make no mistake: Israel only understands the language of resistance and the people of Palestine are fully entitled to their right to defend themselves,” Zarif said.
“The plight of the Palestinian people is the bleeding wound of the Islamic world today,” Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar said.
Reportedly, more than 180 Palestinians have so far been killed in Gaza with 1,230 people wounded in Israeli attacks.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for an international protection mechanism for Palestinian civilians and told the OIC that Israel should be held accountable for war crimes and that the International Criminal Court could play a role.
The OIC reiterated its rejection and condemnation of the ongoing Israeli settlement colonisation of occupied Palestinian land, including East Jerusalem and the establishment of a racial segregation system there.