Organization of Islamic Cooperation rights commission condemns killing of innocent Palestinians

Updated 17 May 2018
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation rights commission condemns killing of innocent Palestinians

The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) condemned in the strongest terms the arbitrary killing of at least 60 Palestinians, including children, by the Israeli Occupation Forces, using live fire against innocent civilians protesting the illegal inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. 

IPHRC reiterated its firm view that the shifting of the US Embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem is a dangerous and illegal unilateral act that not only contravenes international law, but also goes against all UN Security Council, General Assembly and Human Rights Council Resolutions, which affirm the status of Al-Quds as an occupied territory under Israel, the occupying power, since 1967. AN Jeddah

IPHRC endorsed the latest statement issued by the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination on May 14 that urged Israel, the occupying power, to put an immediate end to the disproportionate use of force against Palestinian demonstrators, to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties and to ensure prompt and unimpeded access to medical treatment to injured Palestinians as well as to initiate an impartial investigation into the use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in compliance with international standards and hold those responsible accountable.

The Commission also stressed the adverse implications of this move on the prospects for a two-state solution, which has been the cornerstone of a possible lasting solution in the Arab-Israel conflict, and urged the international community, in particular the OIC member states, to denounce this illegal move and to reiterate the international consensus on the status of Al-Quds, as a cornerstone of any sustainable peace solution in the region. 


Process to place the Holy Kaaba's new 'Kiswa' begins for Hajj 2018

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Process to place the Holy Kaaba's new 'Kiswa' begins for Hajj 2018

JEDDAH: Every year, the old black silk cloth that covers the Kaaba is removed and a new one is draped on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al-Hijjah, which falls on Monday Aug 20 this year.
Known in Arabic as the “Kiswa,” the black and gold cloth that is wrapped around the Kaaba gets replaced once a year during the Hajj season.
The move occurs when pilgrims head to Mount Arafat to witness a key ritual during pilgrimage. The older kiswa is removed and replaced with a new one.
On Sunday, a team of technicians are assigned to conduct the task, by lifting the gold- embroidered pieces from the kiswa corners.
This includes lifting the curtain draped over the Kaaba’s door, which is embroidered from pure gold.
It also includes four panels inscribed with Surat Al-Ikhlas [a Qur’anic verse] placed in every corner of the Kaaba and lanterns inscribed with Qur’anic verses hanging in its interior.
The delicate task is carried as per an operational plan to re-adorn the Kaaba with the new kiswa, said Ahmad bin Mohammad Al Masnouri, the head of the King Abdulaziz Complex for the Holy Kaaba Kiswah.