Muslim countries condemn Israel’s actions against Palestinians
The foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) in a virtual conference, kicked off on Sunday, after Saudi Arabia called for an urgent meeting, strongly condemned the Israel's actions against Palestinians.
Saudi Arabia condemns Israel's violations against Palestinian rights, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan said at the start of the meeting. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls for an immediate end to Israeli escalation in Palestine, he added.
Saudi Arabia also condemns the "forcible" evictions of Palestinian civilians from their homes in East Jerusalem, Prince Faisal said. "East Jerusalem is a Palestinian land that we do not accept to harm it," the foreign minister added.
"The Kingdom categorically rejects the Israeli violations against the Palestinians ... and calls for an immediate end to the Israeli escalation." The minister said that Saudi Arabia calls on the international community to shoulder its responsibility "in the face of Israeli violations," adding that they must intervene to end Israel's actions. The Kingdom renews its support for the Arab Peace Initiative, which guarantees Palestinians' right to a state with East Jerusalem as its capital, Prince Faisal added.
For his part, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that "Israel's practices are an assault on Arabs, Muslims and international norms." Al-Maliki stressed that "the Palestinian people are subjected to an Israeli apartheid ... and they are being uprooted from their lands and rights." He added, "Israeli settlers are storming Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Jerusalem".
During the meeting, Jordanian foreign minister Ayman Safadi said Israel was pushing the region into further conflict and threatening peace. Jordan expresses its support for the Palestinian cause and condemns Israel's forced eviction of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem, saying it consitutes as a "war crime."
For his part, Kuwaiti foreign minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser al-Sabah said Israel's crimes in East Jerusalem were a violation of all international humanitarian laws. Israeli escalation threatens the security and stability of the region, he added.
In a joint statement on Sunday Indonesian President H. Joko Widodo, Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Brunei Darussalam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin condemned repeated blatant violations and aggressions by Israeli army in East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. They urged the UN Security Council to act urgently and take all possible measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilians throughout the Occupied Palestine Territory. They reiterated their solidarity with the Palestinian people for the creation of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine. -Agencies