Hamas hails OIC call to sever ties with Israel

08:32, June 08, 2010      

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The deposed Hamas government which rules the Gaza Strip hailed on Monday the Organization of the Islamic Conference's (OIC) call on its members to sever diplomatic ties with Israel.

OIC's call to sever ties with Israel was made in response to last week's Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound aid Freedom Flotilla, during which nine people were killed.

The flotilla was carrying aid for Gaza and aimed at defying the three-year Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Hamas Minister of Justice Mohamed Faraj al-Ghoul told Xinhua that the call was "a natural reaction to the massacre and the violations the Zionist enemy committed against the Palestinians and the foreign activists."

"The reaction of the OIC came in a proper time," said al-Ghoul, adding "we expect that other Arab and Islamic countries would withdraw their support to the Arab peace initiative and sever ties with Israel."

"The barbarian attack on the flotilla was a minimized image of what Israel has done to the Palestinian people over the past years, " said al-Ghoul, calling on the Arabs and the Moslems to carry out more movements to defy the siege.

OIC convened in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to call on its members to reconsider their ties with Israel. The meeting also called for forming an international investigation committee to probe the Israeli attack.

Established in 1969, the OIC is an international organization with 57 member states from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkans and South America.

Source: Xinhua


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