Joining global critics of a plan that President Donald Trump unveiled last week to address the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Monday rejected the “biased” proposal and urged members states not to cooperate with U.S. efforts to enforce it.
At a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the OIC executive committee adopted a resolution which decried Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century,” reaffirmed support for the Palestinian people and the Palestine Liberation Organization headed by Mahmoud Abbas, and emphasized that “peace and security in the Middle East region, as a strategic option, will only be achieved with the end of the Israeli occupation.”
The 57-member body of Muslim-majority countries declared that Trump’s plan “lacks the minimum requirements of justice and destroys the foundations of peace, including the agreed legal and international terms of reference for a peaceful solution and the need to respect and recognize the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to national independence and of Palestine refugees to return.”
The resolution expressed “regret at the biased approach of the ‘plan’ that fully adopts the Israeli narrative and endorses the annexation of vast areas of the occupied land of the State of Palestine, under the pretext of security for Israel, the illegal occupying power, in flagrant violation of the principles of international law, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, the United Nations Charter, and relevant international resolutions.”
According to the resolution, Israel is “responsible for the deterioration of the situation on the ground because of its denial of relevant agreements, its defiance of international legitimacy and the continuation of the policies of colonization, annexation, settlement expansion, discrimination and ethnic cleansing, which have been perpetrated against the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”
Along with warning Israel against making any further moves “to consolidate its colonial occupation in the territory of the State of Palestine,” the OIC called on the international community to reject and confront “any action or proposal that is inconsistent with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.”
The resolution came just two days after the Arab League also rejected Trump’s proposal, concluding that “it does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people,” and vowed to not cooperate with the U.S. efforts to implement the plan.
Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, announced at the Arab League meeting that in the wake of the plan’s unveiling, “we’ve informed the Israeli side … that there will be no relations at all with them and the United States including security ties.” The Palestinian leader has declined to communicate with Trump by phone or letter.
Other critics of the proposal—which Trump introduced at the White House week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his side—have denounced it as an “annexation plan.” Last week, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called it “shameful and disingenuous” while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 White House hopeful, warned that the plan “will only perpetuate the conflict.”
The OIC resolution also came as Agence-France Presse reported that the United States requested a closed-door United Nations Security Council meeting Thursday for a presentation by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who oversaw the development of the administration’s plan.
That meeting would occur just days before Abbas is set to arrive at the U.N. on Feb. 11 “to express opposition to the U.S. plan and to demand adherence to international law,” AFP noted. “On the occasion of Abbas’ visit, the Palestinians have indicated they plan to submit a draft resolution to the Security Council, through Tunisia, a non-permanent member of the council.”