Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen sent letters to the Foreign Ministers of the UN Security Council Member States, and members of the International Quartet, to convey the OIC’s position rejecting the Israeli occupation government’s threats to annex parts of the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967.
This move came pursuant to the relevant resolution adopted by the Open-ended Virtual Extraordinary Meeting of the OIC Executive Committee, convened at the level of foreign ministers on 10 June 2020.
In his letters, Al-Othaimeen underscored the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities and called on the Security Council to take the measures necessary to prevent Israeli annexation plans and compel Israel, the occupying power, to halt all its illegal practices and honor its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention and relevant UN resolutions.
He also conveyed to the members of the International Quartet the content of the said resolution, which requested holding an emergency meeting to save the chances of peace, pursue work to launch a multilateral internationally-sponsored political process to achieve the two-state solution and realize the sovereignty of the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders, with Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital, in line with international terms of reference, including the UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.
Iran demands freedom of diplomats from Zionists’ jail
Vice-president and head of foundation of martyrs and veterans affairs says release of Iranian diplomats being kept captive by the occupying Israeli regime is Iran’s serious demand.
Iran’s foundation of martyrs and veterans affairs along with Foreign Ministry follow up the issue seriorusly as an international demand, Saeed Ohadi told IRNA in western city of Kermanshah.
About 38 years ago, a car carrying a diplomatic Iranian delegation including Iran’s military attache Ahmad Motevaselian, staff of embassy Taqi Rastegar-Moqaddam, charge d’affaires Mohsen Mousavi and IRNA photojournalist Kaem Akhavan was stopped by Phalange party in Lebanon. It is said that the Iranian diplomats were kidnapped and delivered to the occupying Israeli regime.
Asked whether or not the death of the diplomats is confirmed, Ohadi said Iran believes that they are alive and taken captive.
PLO, Foreign Ministry welcome UNESCO adoption of two resolutions on Palestine
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Foreign Minister Riyad Malki today welcomed UNESCO’s Executive Committee adoption of two resolutions on Palestine, calling on the UN Cultural Agency to take a proactive role in defending Palestinian heritage from Israeli attacks.
“We welcome the adoption of two resolutions by the UNESCO Executive Committee on the need to preserve educational and cultural institutions in Palestine as well as protect heritage sites in occupied Jerusalem, Hebron and other Palestinian cities,” said PLO’s Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi.
“These resolutions reiterate UNESCO’s role and mandate and reaffirm the need to confront the dangerous and illegal actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, against these heritage sites,” she added.
Nevertheless, said Ashrawi, “a more proactive role is needed from UNESCO, in line with its mandate.”
“In light of the escalating and illegal Israeli actions against Palestinian heritage sites in Jerusalem, Hebron, and the Battir Terraces in the Bethlehem District, including Israel’s illegal annexation plans that specifically target historical and archeological sites in Palestine, we expect more from UNESCO and the Director General, Ms. Audrey Azoulay. In particular, UNESCO needs to engage proactively in defending Palestinian heritage sites inscribed as world heritage at UNESCO and to be a vocal advocate for the cultural and educational rights of the Palestinian people, which are under systemic attack by Israel,” the PLO official said.
“We call on Ms. Azoulay to use the standing and influence of her office to carry out her mandate in Palestine. Silence in the face of the ongoing Israeli assault against Palestinian heritage, narrative, and history runs contrary to the mandate and principles of UNESCO,” she stressed.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki also welcomed the adoption of the resolutions, one on occupied Palestine and the second on cultural and educational institutions.
He said the vote and consensus on the resolutions come at the height of the battle led by the Palestinian leadership against the illegal Israeli annexation plan, which is taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to implement its belligerent policies, which are contrary to international law and the UNESCO principles and resolutions.
Malki stressed the need for countries to turn their words into actions to stop Israeli public theft and falsification of Palestinian heritage and history with the support of the current American administration, which is colluding with Israel to pass the fake Zionist narrative based on myths and not on any scientific or historical facts.
All the evidence in occupied Palestine proves that the Palestinian people are the original inhabitants of this land and that their civilization has continued throughout the centuries without interruption, including in Jerusalem, Hebron, Gaza, and every other town and village in Palestine, said the Foreign Minister.
The foreign minister called on the international community and UNESCO to put pressure on Israel, the Occupying Power, to stop its illegal actions and attempts to deliberately sabotage Palestinian Christian and Muslim heritage, and to take actual steps to ensure the implementation of UNESCO resolutions on occupied Palestine and educational and cultural institutions in the occupied Arab territories, as well as those related to the Al-Haram Al-Sharif, (the Noble Sanctuary), the Old City of Jerusalem, the Ibrahimi Mosque and the old town of Hebron, and to demand an end to illegal Israeli excavations in occupied Jerusalem.
Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan warn Israel on annexation
Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan warned Israel on Tuesday against annexing parts of the Palestinian territories, saying that doing so could have consequences for bilateral relations.
In a statement distributed by the German Foreign Ministry, the countries, which include two of Israel’s leading partners in the Middle East, said their foreign ministers had discussed how to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
They, along with most other European countries, oppose Israeli plans that envisage annexing parts of the occupied West Bank as part of a deal being promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.
The Palestinian Authority, which wants the West Bank for a future Palestinian state, opposes the move. The United States has yet to give its approval to the annexation plans.
“We concur that any annexation of Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 would be a violation of international law and imperil the foundations of the peace process,” the European and Middle Eastern foreign ministers said after their video conference.
“We would not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders that are not agreed by both parties in the conflict,” they added. “It could also have consequences for the relationship with Israel.”
Israel declined to comment. But in a separate statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he had told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday that he was committed to Trump’s “realistic” plan for the region.
“Israel is prepared to conduct negotiations on the basis of President Trump’s peace plan, which is both creative and realistic, and will not return to the failed formulas of the past,” Netanyahu’s statement said.