OIC Final Communiqué on the Israeli Racial Basic Law and its Impact on the Political and Historical Rights of the Palestinian People

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Arabic: العربية


Date: 05/12/2018




The Permanent Representatives’ Committee, convening at the headquarters of the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 5 December 2018 (27 Rabi’ I, 1440 AH), to discuss the so-called Israeli racial “Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People” and its impact on the political and historical rights of the Palestinian people;

Recalling the resolutions of the Conferences of the Islamic Summits and Councils of Foreign Ministers on the Question of Palestine, Al-Quds Ash-Sharif, and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and

Reaffirming the refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish State,

1. Affirms its strong condemnation and categorical rejection of the so-called Israeli racial “Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People”, which aims to abolish the historical, political, legal, religious and cultural rights of the Palestinian people, including the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and receive compensation for their forced diaspora, and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

2. Warns against the danger of this racial Israeli law, which attempts to legalize racial discrimination based on Judaism, enshrine illegal Israeli colonial settlement approach as a “national value”, and aims to annul the Arab identity and Arabic language of Palestinian citizens in general, denying the Palestinian people their existence, identity, history and legitimate rights, and justify ethnic cleansing acts against the Palestinian people.

3. Roundly rejects the consolidation of the illegal occupation and annexation of the occupied city of Al-Quds by considering complete and united Jerusalem the alleged capital of Israel, the occupying State, and that political rights, including the right to self-determination, are unique to Jews.

4. Asserts that this racial Israeli law is null and void according to the provisions of the International Law, constituting a flagrant violation of relevant UN resolutions and international covenants and agreements, including the UN Charter, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965), the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (1973), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (1960), the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1963), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966), the UNESCO Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice (1978), the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief (1981), the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998), and relevant UN resolutions, particularly the Security Council resolutions 476 (1980), 478 (1980) and 2334 (2016).

5. Invites the relevant international community institutions, including the United Nations, the international courts and parliaments, human rights organizations and civil society institutions, to reject and criminalize this racist act and demand Israel, the occupying power, to rescind it and abide by the International Law, the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions.

6. Calls upon the Islamic Group in Geneva to act and calls upon the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance to open an investigation into the consequences of this Israeli racist law and to report thereon to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.

7. Calls upon the Member States to redouble their individual and collective efforts to help eradicate and counter Israeli apartheid policies, including by rejecting to conclude contracts with international companies working within or for the colonial settlement system, particularly companies operating in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

8. Mandates the General Secretariat, in coordination with regional and international organizations, to consider sponsoring an international conference on racism and racial discrimination practiced by Israel, the occupying power.

9. Mandates the Secretary General to follow up on the implementation of this final communiqué.

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