The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the Israeli decision to expel Palestinian Member of Parliament Ahmed Attoun from Jerusalem. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu described the move as "a flagrant violation of international law, and the Fourth Geneva Convention, excessive disregard for the international will and an infringement of the rights of the Palestinian people."
In a media statement issued by the OIC on Wednesday, Dr Ihsanoglu also condemned the "so-called national garden project which could cut the link between El-Esaweya, Tur and Sawana Districts adjoining the north-eastern walls of Al-Aqsa Sanctuary." This Israeli project could end up by cutting-off the City of Jerusalem and isolating it from its Palestinian environs, he added.
The Secretary General also called on the UN Security Council and the Middle East Quartet to take seriously their responsibilities for stopping Israel's repeated rights violations in Jerusalem.