UN re­moves Is­raeli posters on Jerusalem

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW YORK—The Is­lamic Group in New York, in close co­op­er­a­tion with the Arab Group, suc­ceeded in get­ting Is­rael to dis­man­tle a photo ex­hi­bi­tion at the UN cor­ri­dors in New York a day af­ter it was opened. The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cluded posters de­pict­ing Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of the oc­cu­pa­tion state. The move came against the back­drop of the OIC’s po­si­tion which em­pha­sizes the right of the Pales­tini­ans to es­tab­lish their in­de­pen­dent state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its cap­i­tal.

The Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the State of Kuwait, Am­bas­sador Man­sour Ayad Al-Otaibi, in his ca­pac­ity as the head of the Is­lamic Group, sent a let­ter to the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Ban Ki Moon, in which he ex­pressed the Is­lamic Group’s strong de­nun­ci­a­tion of Is­rael mount­ing posters ex­press­ing clear vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional res­o­lu­tions, par­tic­u­larly those of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil which re­ject Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of the Holy City. Al-Otaibi de­manded the im­me­di­ate re­moval of the posters. The let­ter re­it­er­ated that stag­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion is legally, po­lit­i­cally and morally wrong, a sit­u­a­tion that must be cor­rected im­me­di­ately with­out de­lay. He stated that the oc­cu­pa­tion state should not be al­lowed to dis­play what repre- sents a vi­o­la­tion right in­side the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion which does not rec­og­nize Is­rael’s sovereignty over Jerusalem.

It should be men­tioned that some in­di­vid­u­als from the Is­raeli mis­sion re­moved the re­jected posters from their stand in the ex­hi­bi­tion af­ter the pres­sure mounted by the Group. A joint del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing the two Groups and the State of Pales­tine will meet with se­nior of­fi­cials of the United Na­tions to en­sure that the leave to stage the ex­hi­bi­tion is con­demned and that such is not re­peated in the fu­ture, given that such is a vi­o­la­tion of the United Na­tions res­o­lu­tions.—Email

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