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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Muslims want a seat at the Security Council

From Arab News:
The 56-member Organization of Islamic Conference, the largest Muslim organization in the world, should have a seat on the UN Security Council, said Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, its secretary-general.

One of the important objectives for which I have been exerting a lot of efforts was to have a seat for OIC in the Security Council to represent 1.5 billion Muslims in the world,” Ihsanoglu told reporters in Cairo.

Speaking about the challenges facing the Islamic Ummah, he said they include poverty, lack of economic integration, Jewish settlement in occupied Arab territories, and Judaization of Jerusalem (Al-Quds).
Yes! Fully half of the problems in the Islamic world have to do with the existence of Jews on their homeland!

Forget the terrible state of education in Muslim countries. Forget that women are second-class citizens whose every actions are controlled by male-dominated culture. Forget the problems of oil drying up. Forget the huge class differences between wealthy sheikhs and the rest of society. Forget Islamic extremism and terrorism in the name of Allah.

No, the Islamic Ummah is fixated on Jews!

Of course, one explains the other.

Anyway, let's see what sort of agenda the OIC would have if it joined the UNGC:

From 2009:
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has called for an urgent meeting on Israel's frequent violations against the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the occupied East Al-Quds. The world's largest Islamic organization urged UN Security Council and Russia "to request an emergency meeting on Zionist regime violations of international law in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) ... and aggressions against the holy places".

The Organization has already cautioned Israel of 'dangerous consequences' for acts of sacrilege in the holy compound emphasizing that any damage to the mosque could lead to "unpredictable consequences" for international peace and security.
From 2010:
Mahmoud Erol Kilic, Secretary-General of the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in a statement Sunday condemned the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1929 imposing sanctions on Iran.

In a strongly worded statement, Erol Kilic, described the move as politically-motivated aimed to prevent the country from vindicating its legitimate rights on peaceful use of nuclear energy.
From 2012:
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on the UN Security Council to assume its responsibility vis-à-vis the Israeli expansion of settlement activity in occupied Jerusalem.

The OIC Secretary General Akmaluddin Ihsan Oglu said in a press release on Thursday that the Israeli settlement activity was a serious violation of international resolutions.

He charged that the settlement expansion aims at isolating occupied Jerusalem from its Palestinian surroundings and Judaizing it.
And what does the OIC think about other major world players joining the Security Council?
Observer Islamic Countries opposed a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council, saying it would be an injustice with the Muslim World. A permanent Security Council seat in the UN for India means a major injustice with 1.90 billion's Muslim of world said Faisal Muhammed.
They sound like remarkably mature diplomats interested in world peace, don't they?

(h/t Ian)