"The OIC member countries are required to have a strong commitment to urge the United Nations to side with Palestine which has been the target of Israeli Zionist aggression," Inter-parliamentary Cooperation Board (BKSAP) Deputy Chairman, Rofi Munawar, remarked here Saturday.
Munawar has asked the Government of Indonesia to seriously encourage the OIC member states to defend the sovereignty of Palestine as an independent state.
The House of Representatives member from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) faction expressed his hope that the OIC Summit could more comprehensively and strategically resolve the Palestinian issue.
It was time for the OIC member states to be able to develop the network, strengthen solidarity and common commitment to fight for Palestinian sovereignty in various international forums.
That is because the Palestinian problem is not just a matter of a religious community, but also the struggle against the values of humanity against colonialism in the world.
"Palestinian issues have long been raised together with the establishment of the OIC, but the conflict in Palestine continues to happen in conjunction with the worsening situation in the Middle East region in general," he said.
It was time for the OIC member states to increase cooperation, because in the midst of the current global economic downturn, the Islamic interstate cooperation can be used to re-stimulate the economy based on the values of Islam which are more competitive and mutually beneficial, Munawar opined.
"As the host country, Indonesia must play its role in support of the Palestinians, not only to stop the violence, but also to expand the markets of the Islamic countries to revive the economy of the Palestinian people," Munawar noted.