PUTRAJAYA MAY 16: The Malaysian government has suggested six recommendations for the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to help stop Israel regime’s attack on Palestinians that had caused hundreds of civilians killed and displaced from their homes since May 7.
The six recommendations were presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein at the virtual open-ended Extraordinary Meeting for the OIC Executive Committee at the level of Foreign Ministers held virtually today.
The six recommendations are: Firstly, the OIC needs to urge the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to rectify its failures and shoulder its responsibility in maintaining peace and security.
Hishammuddin said, Malaysians are disappointed by the UNSC’s inability to immediately halt Israel’s escalation of violence against Palestinians. To date the UNSC has not even issued any single statement on the current situation in Palestine.
“This is distressing as the UNSC should never be blocked from exercising its mandate on the situation in Palestine,” Hishammuddin said in his intervention at the OIC Meeting today.
Secondly, in ensuring the safety of the people in Palestine, OIC needs to urge the UN to provide international protection for all in the Occupied Palestine Territory.
On this matter, Hishammuddin said, “We cannot wait for the UN to act while more will be killed. Can’t we in OIC immediately step up to the plate and help the Palestinians in any way possible? We cannot just keep on talking,we must show the world that Muslim nations are here to help.
Thirdly, the international community especially OIC Member States, should robustly pursue all legal, political and economic channels to pressure Israel.
Elaborating on this Hishammuddin said, Malaysian Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin along with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam and President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo –leaders of 250 million Muslims in South East Asia will jointly call for Israel to immediately stop its aggression across the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Fourthly, OIC Member States need to urge civil societies worldwide to continue their struggle to call for accountability and highlight gross violence of international law, including international humanitarian and human right laws.
“This is to ensure that the oppression of the Palestinian people can be understood throughout the country and region, despite the efforts of some to label Palestinians as terrorists,” he added.
Fifthly, while addressing the current crisis, the international community must continue to find a lasting solution to the conflict.
“We must act urgently to address the root cause of the conflict and return to a meaningful peace process to end the Israel Occupation,” said the Foreign Affairs Minister.
Finally, Malaysia stresses the importance for all OIC Member States to remain united in supporting the plight of the Palestinians.
Hishammuddin said, without unity, the Muslim Ummah will falter into disarray and belies the very reason for establishing this esteemed organisation in the first place.
Hishammuddin also highlighted that the future of Palestine looks even bleaker than before. Should we choose to remain indifferent today, we will end up paying a higher price for the conflict in the future.
“We must continue striving for freedom, independence and justice for our oppressed brothers and sisters in Palestine,” Hishammuddin said. –Malaysia World News