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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed regret over Australian government’s decision to halt direct financial aid to the government of the State of Palestine, faulting it as contrary to the principles of the UN charter and international law and a denial of the Palestinian people’s right to cessation of the Israeli occupation of their territories and to their full enjoyment of freedom and independence.
The Secretary General Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen said such decisions are a form of a collective punishment of the Palestinian people, and will further aggravate their economic and social conditions. He urged the world countries to step up financial support and aid for the Palestinian people to live in freedom, independence, peace and stability, in the interest of the region and the world at large.
He also called on Australia to review its decision, as it emboldens Israel in its criminal practices and systematic terrorism against the Palestinian people.
Document Type: Arabic text, French text, Press Release, Statement
Document Sources: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), State
subject: Assistance, Human rights and international humanitarian law