2004 News Story

MWL calls on UN to end Israel’s oppression of Palestinians

At the 38th session of its Constitutional Council in Makkah today, the Muslim World League (MWL) issued a statement strongly condemning Israel’s ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people, and called on the United Nations and all peace-loving people to put an end to this terrorism. The statement also stressed that Al-Quds [East Jerusalem] has been since its founding an Islamic Arab city, and denounced Israeli measures that are destroying its ancient sites.

Governor of Makkah Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdulaziz, in his opening address yesterday, delivered a speech by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz that urged dialogue with others and support of peaceful efforts to achieve understanding and coexistence while granting the right to defend homelands and adhere to cultural principles. Saudi Arabia, King Fahd affirmed, always seeks to explain the teachings of Islam, demonstrating its moderation and that it is innocent of terrorism.

Meanwhile, the MWL Secretariat-General has issued a report on the organization’s objectives, achievements and activities. MWL was established in 1962, and is a non-government observer at the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, UNESCO, and UNICEF. It has held Islamic conferences in 1962, 1965, 1987 and 1990. Its Constitutional Council has 53 members. Among its achievements, MWL has effected translations of the meanings of the Holy Qur'an, established Islamic libraries, supported Islamic schools and mosques worldwide, organized lectures and conferences on Islam, and acted in defense of human rights, including those of women and children. The building for its headquarters in Makkah was donated by King Fahd.