IHSANOGLU: ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK SUPPORTS AL-​QUDS HOUSING SECTOR WITH US$15 MILLION IN A SPEECH TO THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON AL- QUDS

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, said on Saturday 28 January 2012 that the OIC had initiated several political and diplomatic moves aimed at supporting institutions in Al-Quds (occupied Jerusalem). This is contained in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and Al-Quds Affairs, Ambassador Samir Bakr Diyab, at an international symposium on Al Quds and dangers threatening it. In the symposium held in the Jordanian capital, Amman, the Secretary General said that the Islamic Development Bank had earmarked at the beginning of this year the sum of US$15 million to support the housing sector in Al Quds, in addition to a package of other pledges to develop the health and education sectors of the holy city.
 
In the speech Ihsanoglu stated that: “Frankly, what is being given to Al-Quds is meager considering what the City requires to confront Israel’s systematic projects for which colossal amount of money has been provided by the occupying state…” He called on OIC states and those capable among the people of these states as well as their financial institutions to give as much as possible to support the City of Al Quds. On this occasion, he also called on OIC capitals with twinning agreements with Al-Quds to allocate some of their annual budget, even if little, to support critical projects in their twinned city with Al-Quds.
 
Ihsanoglu added that the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) has a special responsibility towards Al-Quds. Israel, he said, is exploiting the laxity in the international community’s policies to carry out its plans of depopulating the City of its citizens through expulsion and settlement, confiscation and control of Palestinians’ homes.