Photo courtesy of Mahmoud Abbas

OIC condemns Israel for killing 52 Palestinians, injuring 2,000 others in bloody rally dispersal

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a statement on Monday (May 14) condemning Israel for its aggressive action resulting to the death of 52 Palestinians and injuring 2,000 others during their participation in peaceful protests on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe), expressing their rejection of the United States' decision to transfer its embassy to occupied Quds.

“OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, called on Israel, the occupying Power, to assume full responsibility for the consequences of these crimes and called on the international community, particularly the Security Council, to intervene in order to put immediately an end to this aggression.,” the statement posted in the OIC website said.

The OIC head further stressed “the need for the international community to play its role towards finding a political solution to the Palestinian cause in accordance with international law, international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.”

The Palestinians commemorate May 15 as Nakba or day of catastrophe - when the state of Israel was created, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced.

Palestine’s ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour accused Israel of committing “war crimes” against the Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. He also hit the UN Security Council for its failure to hold Israel accountable.

The Palestinian envoy called for transparent investigation into the killings along the Israel-Gaza border.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said UN has “collapsed” in the face of the events in Gaza and warned that if Israel’s arrogance will be met with more silence, the world will be dragged into chaos.

He described Israel’s bloody action towards the Palestinian protesters as “genocide.”

Turkey was pressing members of the UN Security Council to be more active.

In response to the situation, the OIC today holds Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference in Istanbul Turkey with an agendum” Adoption of the Final Communique of the OIC Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference on the massacre of the Peaceful Palestinian civilian protestors by the Israeli forces as well as on the official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem in defiance of international law, UN Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions.”

Founded in 1969, the OIC is the second biggest organization of nations after the United Nations with 57 member states that serves as the voice of 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world.