The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned Israel’s announcement of four bids to construct new settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and todemolish 12 homes belonging to citizens in Qalndiya village in the occupied Al-Quds. It described this as a new stumbling block in the way of the political process to end the Israelioccupation of Palestinian territories occupied in 1967. It also said that it is at variance with the international effort in support of the two sate solution and undermines moves to revive the peace process in the region.
The OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani, reiterated that settlement, confiscation and demolition of homes and imposition of collective punishments on Palestinian citizens expose the true character of the Israeli government, which is working relentlessly to change facts on the ground and to block any possibility for the establishment of a Palestinian state. It also reflects the weakness of the international community in putting pressure on Israel as the occupying force to respect international legitimacy and law.
The Secretary General denounced the latest Israeli escalation against Islamic waqfs in Al-Quds, and particularly the arrest and security hunt for employees of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, by detaining several guards of the Mosque and preventing them access for various periods of time. He described the act as racist policy to purge the Mosque of guards and worshippers.
The Secretary General emphasized that the OIC is in touch daily with official and local Palestinian parties to follow up and expose these violations and prepare reports on them. There are also engagements with institutions and events in Al-Quds in order to support the people of the city in the face of the huge challenges and plight they are experiencing because of the occupation. The Secretary General called on the international community, particularly the Security Council, to take necessary measures to stop these infractions.