JEDDAH, (PIC)– Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, strongly condemned Israel’s recent decision approving 336 housing units in the West Bank, emphasizing that they were banned by international law.
In a fresh statement released Wednesday, Ihsanoglu called on the Quartet and the international community to compel Israel to discontinue its policy of changing demographics and confiscating lands in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Ihsanoglu also strongly condemned Israel’s naval takeover of the French Dignite – Al-Karama ship while on its way to Gaza, calling it a flagrant violation of international law.
”Israel’s continuance in preventing humanitarian aid convoys to the besieged Gaza Strip, and its attacks on international supporters of the besieged Palestinian people, coinciding with the escalation of its military aggression on the Gaza Strip, require a decisive international stance in the face of the repeated violations and crimes,” Ihsanoglu said.
He also emphasized the need for continued campaigning by pro-Palestinian activists in order to end the siege on the Gaza Strip, and called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities regarding the siege.
(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 20.07.2011)