Web Desk(May 19, 2018): Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has called for an international force to protect the Palestinians and setting up of a committee to probe recent massacre of Palestinians by the Israeli forces.
In communique issued after an extraordinary session of OIC in Istanbul, the OIC condemned Israel for martyring over 60 Palestinian protesters and wounding 2,700 others.
It called upon the world community and Security Council to play their role in protecting the Palestinians.The OIC said that Israel committed these atrocities in backdrop of shifting of the US embassy to Jerusalem and denounced the President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Speaking at a joint press conference with OIC Secretary General Yousef al-Othaimeen and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed out that an aid campaign will be carried out during Ramadan across all OIC states for Palestinians.Earlier, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Friday evening that Pakistan condemns the Israeli forces’ brutality towards the Palestinian people and added that an independent and transparent investigation was required to probe the crimes carried out against Palestinians.
In his statement at the seventh extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), pertaining to the violence against Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli troops, Abbasi vowed that Islamabad stands fast in its support for an independent Palestinian state.
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The Pakistani premier also condemned the United States’ move to shift its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) needs to work to have its strategic resolutions implemented in the Palestine-Israel dispute and put an end to the horrific abuse of human rights, he said.Abbasi arrived here in Istanbul earlier in the day to lead the Pakistani delegation at the OIC Summit being hosted by Turkey to discuss the grave situation of blatant human rights’ violations by Israeli forces in Palestine. Khurram Dastgir Khan, the minister for foreign affairs and defence, as well as other senior government officials, accompanied him.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the Islamic world to show greater unity in supporting the Palestinians, saying Muslim leaders needed to overcome divisions to combat Israel’s “brutality.”Erdogan first addressed thousands in Istanbul at a rally he personally called and barely an hour later chaired an emergency summit of Islamic heads of state he had summoned at a few days notice.
The Turkish strongman has been outspoken over the killing by Israeli forces on Monday of some 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border as well as the move of the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.“The time has come to stand against Israel’s tyranny,” Erdogan told a sea of protesters waving Turkish and Palestinian flags.
“I invite all Muslims and all humanity to take action… against those who drag our region and the world into catastrophe with their religious fanaticism,” he added.
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Speaking at the opening of the summit, Erdogan compared Israel’s actions against the Palestinians in Gaza to the Nazi persecution of the Jews in the Holocaust during World War II.
“There is no difference between the atrocity faced by the Jewish people in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality that our Gaza brothers are subjected to,” he said, accusing Israel of using methods “similar to the Nazis.”He told the rally that Muslims had too often given a “shy and cowardly” image to their foes and failed to sort out internal disagreements.
Describing the issue of Jerusalem as a “test”, he said: “If we need to speak clearly, the Islamic world failed in the Jerusalem test.”