OIC Stresses Legal Action against Israel over Raid on Aid Convoy
TEHRAN (FNA)- Participants in an emergency meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, strongly condemned Israel's recent attack on the Gaza aid convoy, and underlined the necessity for bringing Israeli officials to justice for their crimes.
Participants in the emergency meeting of the OIC Executive Committee, attended by senior Muslim officials including Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, issued a statement at the end of their meeting on Sunday, and called on Islamic states to reconsider ties with Israel.
The statement also called for the formation of a group of legal experts to bring to justice Israeli officials who were responsible for the attack on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla, and described Israel's action as "a type of state terrorism and piracy" which warrants prosecution of those who planned and executed it.
Following the meeting, OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said Israel was given a stern warning that its attack on the Freedom Flotilla was going to have far-reaching consequences.
The incident has isolated the Zionist state from the international community which has united in condemning the Israeli aggression, he said.
Ihsanoglu also called on the OIC Ambassadorial Groups in New York and Geneva to work for the adoption of an international stand condemning "this odious crime" and the lifting of the "lawless blockade on the Gaza Strip".
The meeting agreed that it was no longer a conflict between Israel and Palestine, rather it was Israel versus 32 countries whose citizens were on board the aid flotilla and who were of all faiths and backgrounds.
"Therefore, it should be interpreted as an attack on the United Nations and its values," Ihsanoglu said, calling for the convening of a UN General Assembly session on the issue.
Ihsanoglu said the OIC meeting was a clear message to Israel that it cannot continue its present path and course of action anymore and that it has to end the siege of Gaza.