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OIC expresses displeasure over European Union President’s recent statement on Israel

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The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed strong displeasure at the statement of the European Union President, Ursula von der Leyen, which contained disappointing political and historical references that are at variance with the European Union’s positions based on human rights, international law and United Nations resolutions.

The OIC stressed that these statements ignore historical, political and legal facts dating back thousands of years and coincide with the commemoration of the nakbah (catastrophe) for the territory and people of Palestine, which continue to be a dark spot on humanity’s memory and conscience and a denigration of the values of freedom and justice, following the declaration establishing Israel, the occupation colonial force, and the ensuing policies of racial cleansing, forced expulsion, oppression, confiscation of bonafide Palestinians’ properties and the deprivation of their legitimate rights.

The OIC called on the European Union to be alive to its political, legal and humanitarian responsibilities towards ending the Israeli colonial occupation and correcting the historical injustice suffered by the Palestinian people, supporting their legitimate rights, including the right to return and realising the establishment of their independent state on the 4 June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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