The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, highlighted that the OIC-stemmed Islamic Solidarity Fund has contributed since the beginning of its activity in 1976 until this year 2017 in funding many social, cultural, economic, educational and health projects in the State of Palestine.
The total amounts in this regard has reached around US $ 26.939 million, under what is known as the item of support to the steadfastness and struggle of the Palestinian people.
The Fund contributed to the support of the Palestinian people during tribulations, disasters and calamities with a total amount of US $ 18.155 million through the Emergency Committee, while contributing to the construction of mosques, schools and hospitals for a total amount of US $ 4.577 million.
On the other hand, the Islamic Solidarity Fund attached a particular importance to the support of the sector of universities and scientific research centers in the State of Palestine with a total amount of US $ 1.655 million.
In addition, ISF also contributed to the funding of several projects and activities of the Islamic cultural, social and recreational centers in the State of Palestine with a total amount of $ 2.552 million.
Accordingly, Dr. Al-Othaimeen welcomed the efforts of the Fund’s Executive Committee, the Executive Director and his colleagues for the support provided to the State and the people of Palestine and urged them to do more, calling upon the Member States to continue to support the Fund’s activities and its financial resources in order to enable it to carry out is duty.
It is noteworthy that Palestine and consolidating support for the steadfastness its people’s struggle remains the central issue of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as the Secretariat seeks always through its various institutions to promote the economic support for the Palestinian people, as one of the tributaries of steadfastness in the face of the Israeli occupation and its practices of constricting the livelihoods of the Palestinians. The organization continues to cooperate with the Islamic Development Bank and the Member States in order to contribute to the support of the Palestinian people and enable it to survive and build their independent State institutions in order to enhance the economic and social development process.