Prince Saud leads OIC emergency meeting on Gaza crisis

August 12, 2014

The Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a second emergency meeting today at the level of foreign ministers to discuss Israel’s aggression on the Gaza Strip. The session, led by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, was held in the presence of Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah at the headquarters of the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah.

Prince Saud delivered a speech in which he condemned Israel’s brutal actions against Gaza and stressed the importance of the Islamic world standing as one to support the Palestinians. “The whole world has followed up the horror and brutality of the Israeli occupation army, which is using the most powerful types of weapons to kill innocent civilians in their homes and demolish ceilings on their heads,” he said. “The world has seen children and babies being killed while in the arms of their mothers. The world has seen the mothers being murdered while having embryos living in their wombs. What the world has seen in the war on Gaza of tragic images and unprecedented brutality and mass destruction goes beyond all limits of humanity.”

Prince Saud continued, “Israel has not hesitated and will not hesitate to go to any extent without consideration for any regulation, law, legitimacy or humanity, to achieve its goals and objectives. Its goal is only to eradicate the Palestinian presence even in its living and cultural expressions; seize territory; threaten Palestine as a whole; violate its mosques, churches and holy sites; and impose its hegemony on the region as a controlling, tyrannical regional power. Is the destiny of people in Gaza from year to year to face the Israeli occupation army, which goes after them, killing them wherever they are, even if they take refuge from death in the schools of the United Nations (UNRWA) or in houses of worship or hospitals?”

Prince Saud insisted that the Islamic world must do more to help the Palestinians. “It is important not to absolve ourselves of responsibility,” he said. “Where is the spirit of the Islamic nation? Why are we so weak and hesitant? What is happening to us and how can we reform ourselves to stand up to the challenges that confront us without weakness?” The Saudi Foreign Minister called for unity among Muslims and asked whether Israel would be able to carry out aggression after aggression if the Islamic nation was united. “Has not Israel been encouraged to commit its continuing crimes against the Palestinian people and Muslims by what it is seeing of weakness of the nation because of its breakdown, divisions and the spread of sedition?” he asked.

However, Prince Saud praised the efforts of the Egyptian leadership, who proposed an initiative to end the crisis. Furthermore, he noted that the Kingdom has spared no effort in supporting the Palestinian cause in numerous international forums and providing humanitarian aid to those in need. Prince Saud indicated that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz recently issued directives to allocate an amount of SR 300 million [$79.99 million] for the Palestinian Ministry of Health and the Palestinian Red Crescent. He added, “As for the reconstruction program in the Gaza Strip, the Saudi Fund for Development is continuing in the allocation of the Kingdom’s commitment in this regard, and work will be done in coordination with other donors to finance the reconstruction of facilities and houses affected by the brutal aggression with an amount of $500 million.”

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