Jeddah – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reaffirming all the resolutions issued by the Islamic Summits and Foreign Ministers Councils relevant to the cause of Palestine, Al-Quds and the Arab-Israeli conflict, recalling the declaration of solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners as issued by the OIC Member States’ Foreign Ministers Council at its thirty ninth session held in Djibouti on 15-17 November 2012.

During the meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee of the OIC Member States to debate the issue of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli occupation jails, OIC reiterated that the practices and policies pursued by Israel, the occupant power, against the Palestinian prisoners represent a flagrant violation of International Humanitarian law, the Human Rights Charter, the standard elementary regulations of prisoner treatment and other relevant international conventions.

The OIC expressed its profound concern over the plight of more than one thousand Palestinian detainees and prisoners.

The OIC also expressed solidarity with this peaceful, non-violent action, called the “Freedom and Dignity Strike”, by the detainees and prisoners in protest of their inhumane treatment by Israel, the occupying power, and calls for respect of their rights in accordance with international humanitarian law and human rights law, condemning Israeli attempts to break the hunger strike by force, including through incitement, punitive measures, and threats of force-feeding which amounts to torture.

OIC reaffirms its continued support for the cause of Palestinian detainees and prisoners “International Campaign for the Freedom of Marwan Barghouti and all the Palestinian Prisoners”, stressing the centrality of the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al Sharif as the pivotal issue in whose defense the OIC Member States are unanimously agreed and around which their stand is united in all international fora.

OIC’s Permanent Representatives Committee expressed deep concern over the recurrent negative voting of certain Member States on resolutions pertaining to the inalienable rights of the Palestinian People or to the defense of the cause of Al-Quds fully in harmony with the resolutions of the OIC summit and ministerial conferences, the latest such instance being the one involving a Member State recently voting against the resolution presented to the 201st session of the UNESCO under the heading of “Occupied Palestine” in defense of the City of Al-Quds against the Israeli violations, as well as the abstention of certain Member States and the absence of others, thus denying the resolution their support, in addition to the failure of one member of state to lend its support to the resolutions relevant to the Palestinian people’s human rights, including their right to self-determination, at the 34th session of the Human Rights Commission, which could thus encourage Israel, the occupant force, to persist in its violation of the Palestinian people’s rights.

OIC reaffirmed the need for all Member States to abide by the resolutions issued by the OIC summit and ministerial conferences which, among other things, call for voting in favor of the resolutions of the Palestine State in international fora, particularly against the background of Israel, the occupation force, persisting in its illegitimate practices and violations against international law and the resolutions of international legitimacy, including through the construction of colonialist settlements, the robbing of Palestinian land and the Judaization of Al-Quds.

the Permanent Representatives Committee of the OIC Member States requested the General Secretariat to take the necessary steps, to ensure support for the OIC-backed resolutions regarding the cause of Palestine. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency