OIC should get back Golan Heights

THE Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is having an Extraordinary Meeting at the level of Permanent Representatives on Tuesday (today) at its headquarters in Jeddah, to discuss the Israeli escalation against the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The objective is to take a unified and strong position by the OIC member states on the Israeli Government’s meeting that was held in occupied Syrian Golan Heights and the remarks by Israeli Prime Minister that the Golan Heights will forever remain under Israeli sovereignty.
Two-third of Golan Heights was forcibly occupied by Israel during 6-day war in 1967 and later, in 1981, Israel unilaterally annexed the area, a move that was not recognized by the international community. Israel has also illegally established over 30 settlements where an estimated twenty thousand Jews have been settled in a bid to change demography of the occupied land. In response to the latest move by the Israeli Prime Minister, even the United States has categorically stated that it did not recognized Golan Heights as part of the Jewish state. However, strangely enough US Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has supported Nethanyahu’s position terming it reflection of the ground reality. As against this, spokesman of the German Government represented feelings of the world community by pointing out that it’s a basic principle of international law and the UN charter that no state can claim the right to annex another state’s territory just like that. The OIC move is, therefore, timely but a concrete plan of action should be formulated not only to oppose Israeli move but also get the occupied land back.

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