Muslim nations at UN condemn "collective punishment" against Palestinians

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An inter-governmental organization protecting the interests of Muslim countries at the United Nations has strongly condemned what it describes as "the illegal collective punishment inflicted on the Palestinian people by Israel".

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a statement following a closed-door Security Council meeting on the Middle East.

The OIC also decried what it calls the "brutal campaign of repression and excessive use of force against the Palestinian people" following the abduction of three Israeli teenagers on 12 June in the West Bank near the city of Hebron.

Ambassador Riyad Mansour is the Permanent Observer for Palestine at the United Nations.

"We tried a few days ago to have the Security Council to react to this collective punishment, onslaught against an entire nation because of three settlers missing in Area C which is the responsibility of the Occupying Authority (Israel) to provide protection for them and for us. And they forfeited that responsibility."

In response to the accusations, Ron Prosor, Israel's Ambassador to the UN said the Arab nations had the "audacity to condemn Israel when they did not have the courage or dignity to denounce the attack on the school boys".

Ambassador Prosor said these have a "singular predictable pattern to come together to demonize Israel, harass UN officials and waste the organization's time and resources".

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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