OIC, MWL condemn Israeli law as racist and illegal

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MWL chief Mohammad bin Abdul Karim bin Abdulaziz Al-Issa

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Muslim World League (MWL) condemned the Israeli Knesset’s approval of the “Jewish nation-state” law, which declares that only Jews have the right to self-determination in the country.
The OIC labeled the move as a blatant challenge to the will of the international community, its laws and its legitimate resolutions.
The Secretary-General of the Organization, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, described the law as racist, unlawful and illegitimate.
“It ignores the historical rights of the Palestinians, both Muslim and Christian, and represents an extension to the Israeli settlement ideology and occupation policies, based on ethnic cleansing and denial of the existence of Palestinian people and history, highlighted by International resolutions,” he said.
He called on the international community to reject and condemn the racist law and to confront all Israeli racist laws and policies that aim to undermine any possible solution to the conflict.
The Muslim World League also condemned the approval of the “Jewish nation-state” law, and said in a statement issued by its General Sectariat in Makkah that the law opposes the principles and laws of international legitimacy and all the values and principles that human rights laws are based on.
The League added that the approval of the law will have serious consequences for negotiations that aim to find a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
“This recklessness, coupled with Israeli aggression against Palestinians, shows contempt for the rights of religions in the Holy Land,” the statement added.
The League’s statement added that prominent Jewish religious leaders have described the law as racist and having no place in today’s world.