Organization of Islamic Cooperation

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation reaffirms support for the rights of the Palestinian people and their just cause

Jeddah (UNA) - On November 29 of each year, we celebrate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are the only ones left on this land suffering colonial occupation, ethnic cleansing, forced displacement and daily persecution in full view of the international community, to affirm our firm position and absolute support for their struggle. Just and continuous, in defense of its land, sanctities, and dignity, and in pursuit of freedom and self-determination.

This occasion coincides with the unprecedented Israeli military aggression that the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially the Gaza Strip, is witnessing, which has led to the death and injury of tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians, the majority of whom are women and children, the displacement of hundreds of thousands of families, and the deliberate destruction of homes, hospitals, places of worship, schools, and infrastructure. In flagrant violation of international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation confirmed its position, in this regard, in the resolution issued by the extraordinary joint Arab and Islamic summit held in Riyadh on November 11, 2023, regarding the danger of the continuation and expansion of the circle of this open Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, which threatens security and stability in the entire region. The international community must assume its responsibilities regarding the need to stop this aggression immediately and completely, as it is a war crime and a crime against humanity, and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid and basic needs to the Gaza Strip, and provide international protection for the Palestinian people.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation emphasizes, on this occasion, that the absence of justice, international legitimacy and double standards have encouraged Israel, the occupying power, to continue its crimes, enabled it to escape punishment, and contributed to prolonging this conflict, which undermines international peace and security. In this regard, it calls for the activation of available international judicial mechanisms and the path of international criminal justice in order to deter the Israeli occupation, prevent it from committing more crimes, and ensure its accountability and accountability for its past and current violations.

We also affirm in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation our absolute rejection of the criminal plans of Israel, the occupying power, aimed at forced displacement and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, and we affirm that the territory of the State of Palestine occupied since 1967, including the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including the occupied city of Jerusalem, constitutes a unity. One geography, and that committing this heinous act will have dire repercussions on the entire region.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation also warns, on this occasion, of the danger of continued Israeli attacks on the holy places in the occupied city of Jerusalem, especially on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. In this regard, we reaffirm the status of the city of Jerusalem as an integral part of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 AD, and the necessity of preserving the legal and historical status of the holy places therein, and rejecting any illegal measures aimed at changing the city’s geographical and demographic status and isolating it from its Palestinian surroundings.

The organization has followed with great concern the continued escalation of attacks, crimes, incitement and organized terrorism practiced by extremist settlers throughout the occupied West Bank, and we have warned in more than one international forum of the danger of these attacks, which herald more violence and tension. In this regard, we demand that international condemnation of the Israeli settlement policy be transformed into practical and effective measures to implement relevant United Nations resolutions, most notably UN Security Council Resolution No. 2334, within the framework of supporting efforts and opportunities to achieve peace.

While the Organization of Islamic Cooperation affirms, on this occasion, its firm and absolute support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, it renews its call to international actors to strengthen joint efforts to launch a political path under multilateral international auspices that leads to ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent State of Palestine on the borders of the fourth century. June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the relevant United Nations resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

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