OIC implores member states to declare Isreal terrorist state, laments brutal attacks against Palestinians

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The Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has implored member states to declare Isreal terrorist state.

The call was made at its virtual emergency meeting held on Tuesday 29, 2021, while discussing the aggression by Israel, the occupying Power in the Palestinian territories, particularly, Al-Quds Al-Shareef.

The OIC lamented that Palestinians face brutal attacks, evictions, condemning the repeated attacks by the Israeli occupation authorities against the Palestinian people in Al-Quds Al-Shareef.

Driven by the historical, moral and legal responsibility of the Islamic ummah towards the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Shareef, OIC affirmed that it was its major task to safeguard and protect Al-Quds Al-Shareef and its historical, spiritual and legal status.

While reiterating commitment to confronting everything prejudicial to this status, it promised, in the resolutions adopted at the meeting, to take all necessary measures and steps to end the crisis.

“We call on Member States and all relevant international actors to condemn these acts and take necessary measures against their perpetrators and the bodies they belong, including placing them on lists of national terrorists,” the resolution reads

It adds, “We hold the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for the terrorist and criminal acts perpetrated by the Israeli colonialists and their militias against the defenceless Palestinian citizens, with the protection and support of the occupation army, including groups and associations requisitioning Palestinian properties.

“OIC condemns in the strongest terms the repeated attacks by the Israeli occupation authorities against the Palestinian people in Al-Quds Al-Shareef and the entire occupied land of the State of Palestine.”

The meeting also lamented that worshipers were being prevented from accessing the holy sites for their religious rites in the blessed month and during the Easter celebrations.

The OIC reiterated that “these attacks are part of ongoing and systematic policies of the Israeli authorities through which they seek to change the historical and legal status of Al-Quds Al-Shareef and the land of the State of Palestine.”

The Islamic body also at the meeting condemned the barbaric bombardment deliberately targeting civilians in the blockaded Gaza Strip, which killed and injured many, including many innocent children.

It therefore called on Member States to act urgently at all international levels, including the Security Council, to condemn the repeated Israeli occupation’s contempt for the lives of the Palestinian civilians

It stated that Israel and the illegal occupying authority should be fully held responsible for these heinous attacks, including terrorism and tyranny of the Israeli colonialists against defenceless Palestinian citizens, and the attendant grave developments and repercussions.

The OIC therefore invited the international community, particularly the UN Security Council, to rise up to its responsibility and stop the barbaric aggression against the Palestinian people and their properties in Al-Quds and the entire occupied land of the State of Palestine, including Islamic and Christian holy sites.

While seeking international protection, it asks that Israel be held accountable for these crimes and sanctioned.

“We that the relevant international actors, including United Nations General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and special rapporteurs implement relevant international resolutions and recommendations and activate the necessary mechanisms to stop these violations, hold their perpetrators accountable, and deter them,” the resolution states.

It continues, “We affirm that the Israeli judicial apparatus and the military occupation courts are in the forefront of entrenching occupation and colonial and racial segregation system in the occupied Palestinian land, including Al-Quds Al-Shareef, and that all their decisions against the Palestinian are null and void and of no legal effect.

“We invite Member States’ ambassadors and OIC representatives to act quickly in their states and organizations of accreditation, particularly in the Security Council Member States’ capitals.”

The meeting also expressed disappointment that some international actors deal with the volatile situation in Al-Quds as a matter of equality between the Israeli colonialist occupation and the Palestinian people under occupation.

It further asserted that the position of international law and international legitimacy resolutions is clear on the situation, what is happening and how it must be handled.

“Equating a coloniser with a colonized people is immoral, inaccurate and unacceptable and creates a false balance between the unjust and the victim of injustice, it indicates not only lack of seriousness to stop the escalation but also the absence of a credible political process in the horizon,” it said.

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