At the end of the second conference of the Parliamentarians for Al-Quds in Istanbul, the Association calls for activating the role of parliamentarians internationally to expose the violations of the occupation against Jerusalem and Jerusalemites and to thwart projects to liquidate the Palestinian cause
Saturday December 15, 2018 – Istanbul
The Association Parliamentarians for Al-Quds called for respect of international resolutions and conventions and for their immediate implementation, including condemning the practices of the occupation forces against the Palestinian people and implementing international resolutions of the rights the Palestinians to self-determination and the right of return; to respect UNESCO’s decision on Al-Aqsa Mosque as an Islamic site dedicated to worshiping Muslims; and to consider Zionism as a form of racism as confirmed by the Durban Conference 2001.
The Association also stressed in its final communiqué that it continues to “expand the membership of parliamentarians in the Association to all countries, continue to establish and activate the committees of Palestine in parliaments, the designation of the Palestinian official in each parliamentary bloc and the structuring of regional ties to facilitate the work of all MPs.”
The Association of “Parliamentarians for Al-Quds” highlighted the importance of activating the role of parliamentarians regionally and internationally in exposing the occupation practices towards Jerusalem and the whole of Palestine and the duty of supporting the Palestinian people at both public and official levels.
The statement stressed the need to “address the policies of the Zionist occupier and his relentless attempts to obliterate geographical and historical landmarks and thwart his desperate attempts of political, economic and social normalization; in addition to urging parliaments to enact legislation that criminalizes normalization with the Zionist entity.”
The Association condemned the continued kidnapping and arrest of members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, stressing the need to confront them and adopt their case before international forums.
The conference of parliamentarians for Al-Quds re-affirmed the “rejection of all settlement projects for the Palestinian issue especially the so-called deal of the century, and confirmed the rejection of the US decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, and that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine.”
The statement stressed the importance of “addressing the international and local human rights organizations on the issue of Jerusalem and human rights in Palestine, as well as the correspondence of parliamentary colleagues in all parliaments of the world calling on them to support the right of the Palestinian people to freedom and freedom of the prisoners”.
The final communiqué called on the world and the international community to end the human suffering and siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.
The final communiqué also renewed the “previous call to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Jerusalem Committee and UNESCO to take the necessary measures to protect the historical heritage of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the whole of Palestine.”
The statement pointed to the intention of the Association, “to monitor and expose the daily violations of Islamic holy sites and Christianity in Jerusalem by the settlers under the protection of the Zionist occupation army”.
In the final communiqué, the Association expressed warm thanks and gratitude to the Turkish people, the Government and the President for their role in defending the Palestinian cause and their contribution to the success of the Association’s meetings at its second conference.
The second conference of the Association of Parliamentarians for Al-Quds was held in Istanbul, Turkey for two consecutive days under the title of “Jerusalem the eternal capital of Palestine”, in presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, under the sponsorship of the Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Ben Ali Yildirm, and in presence of parliamentarians, ministers, ambassadors and public figures from more than seventy countries.