29-02-2024 12:44 AM Jerusalem Timing

OIC Urges Ban on Israeli Products

OIC Urges Ban on Israeli Products

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on Monday for a ban on products coming from the Zionist settlements in the occupied territories and pledged full support for the "inalienable rights" of the Palestinians.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on Monday for a ban on products coming from the Zionist settlements in the occupied territories and pledged full support for the "inalienable rights" of the Palestinians.

The call came at the end of an OIC summit in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, which brought together representatives from 57 states.

An OIC resolution urged "member states and the wider international community to ban products produced in or by Zionist settlements from their markets".

However, the move was not binding on member states.

The settlements in the occupied territories are illegal under international law and major stumbling blocks to peace efforts, with those in the West Bank and East Al-Quds built on land which Palestinians see as part of their future state.

The issue of goods imported from settlements has caused tensions with Israel in the past.

Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in November suspended diplomatic contacts with the European Union about the Middle East peace process - which has been stalled for almost two years - over the bloc's decision to label imported produce from the settlements as such rather than "Made in Israel".

The suspension was ended last month when Netanyahu held talks with the EU's foreign policy chief.

At the end of Monday's summit, the OIC also pledged "full support to the political, diplomatic and legal efforts" to ensure the Palestinians achieved their "inalienable rights".