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The Awakening of Muslim countries: their reaction to Israelís killings in Gaza

By Henry James - May 21, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [islamic countries] [Organisation of Islamic Cooperation] [Turkey]

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) gathered in Istanbul last Friday, May 18 as part of a summit to discuss the current situation in Palestine.

The summit of 57 Muslim countries resulted in the decision to create an 'International Protection Force’ for Palestine, as a response to Israel’s recent massacre in Gaza, where more than 100 people where killed during last weeks protests.
The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has compared Israel’s actions to the methods used by the Nazis against jews during World War II.
The text published by the summit accuses the US Administration of “backing the savage crimes committed by Israeli forces, including through shielding the Israeli occupation in UN security council from accountability.”
The OIC are also blaming Washington for transferring their Embassy to Jerusalem, seeing it as a “provocative act and hostility against islamic nations.”  
Jordan’s King Abdullah, a strong US ally said that the decision the US made “weakened the pillars of peace… and deepened the despair that leads to violence.” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Muslim countries to “totally cut their relations with the Zionist regime and also to revise their trade and economic ties with America.”
The organisation is rejecting the “illegal decision” made by Donald Trump, and fully “support the Palestinian people in their pursuit to attain their right to self-determination and the establishment of their independent and sovereign Palestinian State on the borders of June 4 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital.”
They invited all countries to officially recognise the State of Palestine and to recognise “the crimes of ethnic cleansing and murder against Palestinian people during the Nakba, as a necessary first step to achieving justice and peace.”
The OIC asked the UN to send “an international peace [delegation] to the people of Palestine, who are losing their young children to Israeli terror every day,” Erdoğan said, in comparison to the proposed deployment to peacemaking forces sent in the 1990s to Bosnia and Kosovo.
In the statement, they also asked the international community to “ban the products of the illegal Israeli settlements from entering their markets.”
Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, participated to the OIC summit, and addressed to the crowd. He accused the American administration from trying to “provoke a religious conflict in the region” by transferring their Embassy to Jerusalem.
The summit in Istanbul took place while the Arab league is mined by division in decisions of  concrete actions towards Israel.
Saudi Arabia, represented by Adel Al-Jubeir the Foreign Affairs Minister, as well as allies in the Gulf and Egypt were present during the summit, all of which are trying to stay away from Erdogan’s Turkey and its support to movements like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
Gulf countries have made their positions more friendly towards Israel, and will be most likely opposite to eventual actions susceptible to hurt Washington, hoping for their support to end Iran, which they see as their primary threat in the region.
Erdogan is posing himself has a fervent support of the Palestinian cause, and don’t hide his support to Hamas in Gaza. This speech is finding an echo to his traditional voters. The Turkish president is candidat to his own succession to the anticipated election meant to be the 24th of June, and it has permit to build a strong popularity in the Arab League.

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