IHSANOGLU CONDEMNS ISRAEL’S DECISION TO CONSTRUCT 1000 SETTLEMENT UNITS
The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, strongly condemned Israel’s decision ratifying the construction of more that 1000 new settlement units in occupied Jerusalem as flagrant violation of international law. He alerted that the quickened pace of settlement construction on Palestinian lands is part of the attempts by the Israeli occupation to create a new fait accompli on the ground thereby blocking the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
The Secretary General added that Israel’s continued settlement construction underscores the importance of approaching the Security Council to decide as appropriate on these illegal practices.
The Secretary General called on the international community to rise up to its immediate responsibility by ending all settlement activities on all occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem; to compel Israel to stop its ongoing violations of international law and resolutions of international legitimacy; and to stop extremist Israeli settlers from attacking properties and sanctuaries of Palestinian citizens.