OIC Press Release
|30 September 2000|
The Secretary General has followed with both deep pain and outrage the ignominious carnage perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces on Friday 29th September, 2000 at the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque which resulted in hundreds of killed or maimed victims among the peace-seeking defenceless worshipers and the Palestinian citizens.
This premeditated and deliberate Israeli criminal act forms part of the Israeli policy aimed at imposing the fait accompli and judaizing the Holy City, taking place only one day after Ariel Sharon, the leader of the Likud Party, forced his way into the Holy precinct under the protection of the Israeli forces, in an act of provocation for all Muslims and believers across the world.
The Secretary General of the organization of the Islamic Conference strongly condemns this provocative act and the criminal aggressions that followed, and urges the international community to undertake immediate action to put an end to such acts and to compel Israel to abide by all the resolutions of international legality concerning Al-Quds and Palestine and the Arabo-Israeli conflict so as to protect the peace-process in the region against the awry policy of Israel which could cast the region once again into renewed and increased violence and bloodshed, and to save the peace-process in the Middle-East from disintegration.
On this occasion the Secretary General invites the Member States to concert their efforts and extend all possible forms of assistance to the Palestinian people in their just struggle for the preservation of the Holy Shrines and the defense of the first Qibla and third Islamic sanctuary and the recovery of the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights including their right to return to their fatherland and property and to the crystallization of their sovereignty over their national homeland and the establishment of their independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
The Secretary General addresses on this occasion his heartfelt condolences to the palestinian people and its leadership for the lost innocent lives at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and expresses his compassion to the wounded who fell in defense of the Holy Mosque, and reiterates the OIC’s unwavering stand in support of the Palestinian people’s struggle and their right to freedom and independence.