The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has repeated its rejection of the UN’s Palmer Report on the Israeli attack against the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010. The report claimed that Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip for the last five years is legal according to international law. At its meeting on Tuesday, September 20, the OIC emphasised its support for “all moves aimed at lifting the unjust siege imposed on Gaza’s citizens”.
OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said in his opening speech at the meeting that the organisation “condemns the illegal blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip and rejects the claims made in the Palmer Report about it.”
In a written statement to the media, Ihsanoglu said that views were exchanged by member states on the Palestinian efforts to establish an independent state and obtain UN membership. The OIC, he stressed, backs Palestinian efforts at the UN. He added that the OIC has sent messages to European and international officials, and to the foreign ministers of several countries, urging them to provide the required support to the Palestinians in their bid for UN membership.