OIC-Israel: Muslim World Leaders Call for Ban on Settlements Products

Muslim world leaders gathered in the Indonesian capital Jakarta Monday called for a boycott of Israeli products produced in the occupied territories and reiterated their full support to Palestinians’ rights.

The call is part of resolutions adopted by the 57 Muslim leaders including Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas.

Leaders of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the end of the Jakarta extraordinary summit urged member states and the countries around the world supporting the Palestinian cause to ban products produced in and by illegal Israeli settlements from their market.

The OIC’s call for boycott followed a recent decision by the European Union last year which also demanded labelling of products from the illegal settlements. Even though Tel Aviv minimized the impact of the decision, it affected the Israeli economy pushing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to freeze ties with the EU bloc until last month following a meeting with EU Foreign Policy Chief.

Palestinians argue that illegal settlements have been the thorny issue in the peace talk process which has been halted for more than two years now.

OIC Leaders also pledged full support to the Palestinians’ political, diplomatic and legal efforts to achieve their inalienable rights.

Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have risen dramatically over the past months marked by repeated Palestinian stabbings and car ramming of Israelis and Israeli extrajudicial killing of Palestinians. Latest violence reportedly claimed lives of 181 Palestinians and 28 Israeli mostly soldiers.

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