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Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
18 May 2004
The Secretary-General of The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC) calls on the United Nations security council and the Quartet committee to intervene and put an end to the humanitarian disaster in Rafah
The Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Dr. Abdelouahed BELKEZIZ, expressed his condemnation of the Israeli government’s large-scale demolitions of homes, particularly in the region of Rafah. The objective of these actions, he explained, was to create a new fait-accompli on the ground by persisting in displacing Palestinian refugees and aggravating their suffering, which is creating an unprecedented humanitarian disaster in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Secretary-General emphasized that Israel’s actions in the Gaza strip constitute a clear contravention of the letter and spirit of International Law and international conventions, which consider such collective punishments war crimes.
The Secretary-General called on international organizations to expressly condemn these acts and appealed to the United Nations Security Council to intervene promptly to put an end to this humanitarian catastrophe, to compel Israel to abide by the laws agreed by the international community, and to speedily dispatch international forces to protect Palestinian citizens. He further called on the Quartet Committee to immediately intervene in order to avert the arbitrary destruction and killing perpetrated by Israel in blatant defiance of International Law and to ensure the implementation of the Roadmap. He also exhorted Islamic, Arab, and international humanitarian organizations to extend urgent assistance to the Palestinian people so as to alleviate their suffering in this tragedy.