World must recognize East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine: Turkish FM

Istanbul (OIC-UNA) – The world has to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday at the opening of the ministerial level meeting of the extraordinary summit of the Organization of I…

Istanbul (OIC-UNA) – The world has to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday at the opening of the ministerial level meeting of the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jerusalem, Daily Sabah News reported.

“Firstly, Palestine must be recognized by all other countries, and we must all strive together for this,” Cavusoglu said as foreign ministers convened ahead of the full OIC summit.

“We, who recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital, must encourage other countries to [also] recognize Palestine on the basis of its 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Jerusalem, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, is home to Islam’s third holiest site and has been at the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades.

“We’ve gathered here in order to stop the persecution. The U.S. has deeply wounded humanity’s conscience. Israel is aiming to legitimize its occupation attempt. This U.S. decision is null and void for us,” the foreign minister said.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem in the 1967 and later annexed it, an action deemed illegal under the international law. U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement last week recognizing the city as Israel’s capital led to protests in many Muslim countries. Turkey said it would plunge the world “into a fire with no end.”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the summit in response to a U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Speaking ahead of the summit on Tuesday, Cavusoglu said the OIC would give a “strong message” after the summit.

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Muslim countries should tap into green sukuk: CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd Chief

Kuala Lumpur (OIC-UNA) – Muslim countries and affinity customers should tap into the green sukuk market as it is in line with the Shariah-compliant standards, said CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd Chief Executive Officer Rafe Haneef.He said there was growing dema…

Kuala Lumpur (OIC-UNA) – Muslim countries and affinity customers should tap into the green sukuk market as it is in line with the Shariah-compliant standards, said CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd Chief Executive Officer Rafe Haneef.

He said there was growing demand for green sukuk, capitalizing on projects related to environmental sustainability and green environment infrastructure projects.

“Last year, the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks investment globally amounted to around $23 trillion and compared with the Islamic finance industry, the total size is about $2 trillion, it was 12 times higher.”

“And look at the actual demand for the ESG-compliant assets which is $45 trillion, the demand is almost double of what we have regarding supply, Bernama News reported.

“So, there is certainly a good reason why we should tap into green sukuk,” he said during the second-panel discussion on Green Financing/Green Sukuk at the third Annual Symposium 2017 on Islamic Finance here on Tuesday.

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Jordan, Britain discuss aftermath of US decision on Jerusalem

Amman (OIC-UNA) � Jordanian Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi discussed here on Saturday with British Minister of State for the Department for International Development and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth office Alistair Burt the repercussions of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Petra reported.

The meeting, held on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue, a regional security summit in which Safadi underscored in a speech the dangers posed by US President Donald Trump’s decision on the region’s security, mainly continued Israeli occupation, terrorism and extremism, foreign intervention, the absence of a political horizon, scarce economic opportunities and failure to provide education to millions of Arab children.

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Amman (OIC-UNA) � Jordanian Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi discussed here on Saturday with British Minister of State for the Department for International Development and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth office Alistair Burt the repercussions of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Petra reported.

The meeting, held on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue, a regional security summit in which Safadi underscored in a speech the dangers posed by US President Donald Trump’s decision on the region’s security, mainly continued Israeli occupation, terrorism and extremism, foreign intervention, the absence of a political horizon, scarce economic opportunities and failure to provide education to millions of Arab children.

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Tunisia, Jordan sign 11 cooperation agreements in various sectors

Tunis (OIC-UNA) � Tunisia and Jordan signed on Thursday 11 cooperation agreements involving economic sectors, higher education, transportation, tourism, trade, export and culture, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The signing took place in the presence of Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and his Jordanian counterpart Hani Mulki, who was on a two-day official visit to Tunisia.

The agreements include a convention on a bilateral cultural cooperation plan for the period 2018-2020, two protocols on export promotion and consumer protection, and an investment protocol on technical cooperation.

The two leaders also co-chaired the 9th Session of the Tunisian-Jordanian High Joint Commission.

At a joint press briefing, Chahed said Tunisia and Jordan “intersect at several levels,” and the recommendations from the High Joint Commission will “deepen our bilateral cooperation to open up other horizons including technology and the digital economy.”

On the political front, the Tunisian prime minister said the reciprocal visits have contributed to “strengthening the historical relations that link the two brotherly countries.”

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Tunis (OIC-UNA) � Tunisia and Jordan signed on Thursday 11 cooperation agreements involving economic sectors, higher education, transportation, tourism, trade, export and culture, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The signing took place in the presence of Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and his Jordanian counterpart Hani Mulki, who was on a two-day official visit to Tunisia.

The agreements include a convention on a bilateral cultural cooperation plan for the period 2018-2020, two protocols on export promotion and consumer protection, and an investment protocol on technical cooperation.

The two leaders also co-chaired the 9th Session of the Tunisian-Jordanian High Joint Commission.

At a joint press briefing, Chahed said Tunisia and Jordan “intersect at several levels,” and the recommendations from the High Joint Commission will “deepen our bilateral cooperation to open up other horizons including technology and the digital economy.”

On the political front, the Tunisian prime minister said the reciprocal visits have contributed to “strengthening the historical relations that link the two brotherly countries.”

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Kuwaiti-French strategic dialogue explores new horizons for cooperation

Kuwait City (OIC-UNA) � The first meeting of the Kuwaiti-French Strategic Dialogue was held here on Wednesday to review the bilateral relations and ways to promote cooperation between the two countries in various fields, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Europe Affairs Walid Al-Khobeizi said the meeting, which gathered Jerome Bonnafont, director of the North Africa and Middle East Department of the French Foreign Ministry, highlighted the need to set up a higher committee on cooperation to further cement the political cooperation.

The two sides agreed to coordinate stances of Kuwait and France on various regional and international issues and settle the disputes in the Middle East region through political means.

Al-Khobeizi pointed out that the meeting commended the level of military cooperation between the two countries in terms of armament and training. He added that France renewed its full support to the mediation efforts being made by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to resolve the Gulf crisis.

Regarding the economic ties, the assistant foreign minister said both sides agreed to increase the trade exchanges and joint investment and tap into the promising opportunities for investment. He noted that Wednesday’s talks also dealt with the educational and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

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Kuwait City (OIC-UNA) � The first meeting of the Kuwaiti-French Strategic Dialogue was held here on Wednesday to review the bilateral relations and ways to promote cooperation between the two countries in various fields, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Europe Affairs Walid Al-Khobeizi said the meeting, which gathered Jerome Bonnafont, director of the North Africa and Middle East Department of the French Foreign Ministry, highlighted the need to set up a higher committee on cooperation to further cement the political cooperation.

The two sides agreed to coordinate stances of Kuwait and France on various regional and international issues and settle the disputes in the Middle East region through political means.

Al-Khobeizi pointed out that the meeting commended the level of military cooperation between the two countries in terms of armament and training. He added that France renewed its full support to the mediation efforts being made by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to resolve the Gulf crisis.

Regarding the economic ties, the assistant foreign minister said both sides agreed to increase the trade exchanges and joint investment and tap into the promising opportunities for investment. He noted that Wednesday’s talks also dealt with the educational and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

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Jordan denounces terrorist attack on mosque in Nigeria

Amman (OIC-UNA) � Jordanian government on Tuesday strongly condemned the bombing at a mosque in the southern Nigerian city of Mobi early in the day, which killed or injured dozens of innocent people.

“Jordan condemns this criminal attack that targeted innocent worshipers at the dawn prayers,” said State Minister for Media Affairs and official government Spokesman Mohammad Momani, adding that targeting of houses of worship is evidence of the “delusion and criminality of terrorist groups that target humanity and religious values.”

He stressed the Kingdom’s call on the international community to deal with terrorism within a holistic strategy, to uproot it and rid the world of its evils.

Momani reiterated Jordan’s solidarity with the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorist and criminal gangs, expressing his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishing the injured speedy recovery, Petra reported.

At least 50 people were killed in today’s suicide bombing, which occurred during dawn prayers at the mosque in Mobi, the city from which Nigerian forces had driven out Boko Haram terror group in early 2015.

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Amman (OIC-UNA) � Jordanian government on Tuesday strongly condemned the bombing at a mosque in the southern Nigerian city of Mobi early in the day, which killed or injured dozens of innocent people.

“Jordan condemns this criminal attack that targeted innocent worshipers at the dawn prayers,” said State Minister for Media Affairs and official government Spokesman Mohammad Momani, adding that targeting of houses of worship is evidence of the “delusion and criminality of terrorist groups that target humanity and religious values.”

He stressed the Kingdom’s call on the international community to deal with terrorism within a holistic strategy, to uproot it and rid the world of its evils.

Momani reiterated Jordan’s solidarity with the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorist and criminal gangs, expressing his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishing the injured speedy recovery, Petra reported.

At least 50 people were killed in today’s suicide bombing, which occurred during dawn prayers at the mosque in Mobi, the city from which Nigerian forces had driven out Boko Haram terror group in early 2015.

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Headscarf ban for police officer is discrimination, says Dutch human rights council

Amsterdam – The human rights council in the Netherlands has ruled that hindering a Muslim female police officer from wearing headscarf with her uniform is discrimination since the officer has limited contact with the public. The ban for on-duty headsca…

Amsterdam – The human rights council in the Netherlands has ruled that hindering a Muslim female police officer from wearing headscarf with her uniform is discrimination since the officer has limited contact with the public.

The ban for on-duty headscarves stems from a Dutch law prohibiting officers from wearing visible religious symbols, stating uniforms must be “neutral.”

After Rotterdam-based Officer Sarah Izat lodged a complaint in May, the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights ruled in the case, finding it discriminatory.

Izat claimed the ban hindered her career progression. As Izat chose to wear the headscarf, she could only come to work in plain clothes, whereas her non-Muslim colleagues wore uniforms.

In the ruling released on Monday, the Institute stated that since Izat’s job as an administrative officer has limited interaction with the public and most of her work is completed over the phone, the headscarf ban was not justified.

“When she is on the phone, civilians can’t see her. Prohibiting her from wearing the scarf, therefore, does not add to the intention of being neutral,” the council ruled, saying the ban was a “forbidden distinction on the basis of religion.”

The human rights council added that as Izat was not authorized to make decisions on behalf of the police but only to take statements, the headscarf being seen would not affect her job performance, Daily Sabah News reported.

The institute also dismissed a claim by the national police that wearing a headscarf could endanger Izat.

Since 2002, the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, an independent supervisory body, has worked to explain, monitor and protect human rights through practice, policy and legislation.

Its rulings are non-binding, meaning the police will have to decide whether or not they will abide by the recommendation. Furthermore, the ruling only applies to Izat’s case and does not provide a broader interpretation of the religious symbols prohibition or wearing of headscarves.

“We would have liked it if the Commission had made its decision a bit broader, but we are satisfied with this ruling,” Izat’s lawyer Betul Ozates said.

“I hope this motivates the police to look and change its code of conduct which now prohibits people from wearing a headscarf. She was more than capable in doing her job while wearing the scarf, so we feel she should be able to wear the uniform when she does her job as well just like her colleagues,” Ozates added.

Izat responded to the decision on Twitter, writing, “We won! The Commission has confirmed I have the right to wear a uniform and a headscarf. This means everything and this victory belongs to us all!”

Dutch police have said they will look into the decision.

“The police want to be a neutral organization, that’s why we take the Commission’s decision seriously. Neutrality will remain a key facet of police work,” the press release read.

The question of police wearing religious symbols on duty has stirred controversy in the Netherlands for months.

Later Monday, several Dutch politicians condemned the ruling as an affront to police neutrality and separation of church and state.

VVD party member Arno Rutte said the headscarf undermines uniform neutrality, just as wearing political slogans or football scarves would do.

Far-right politician Geert Wilders called the decision “insane,” calling once again for a total ban on headscarves.

While the police have stood by their policy on uniform neutrality, the head of police has indicated the allowance of headscarves might welcome much-needed diversity to the force.

Pieter-Jaap Aaalbersberg’s remarks were met by widespread condemnation from most political parties, a stance shared by a majority of the Dutch public, a later poll showed.

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OIC welcomes liberation of last Daesh-held town in Iraq

Jeddah (OIC-UNA) � The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the liberation of the Iraqi town of Rawa from Daesh and the expulsion of the terrorist group from its last military stronghold, which bodes well for turning over the group’s page in Iraq.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen reiterated the Organization’s full support for Iraq in its fight against terrorism and its criminal objectives to instigate strife, fighting and extremism. He also stressed the importance of eradicating the terrorist group, in order to reunite all segments of the Iraqi people and preserve Iraq’s unity, security and stability.

The secretary general called for the need to address the crisis of displaced persons and facilitate their return to their homes as well as to protect the safety of Iraqi civilians. He further affirmed the continued efforts of the OIC to convene Baghdad National Reconciliation Conference (also known as Makkah II), with the view to achieving comprehensive national reconciliation among all components of the Iraqi people.

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Jeddah (OIC-UNA) � The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the liberation of the Iraqi town of Rawa from Daesh and the expulsion of the terrorist group from its last military stronghold, which bodes well for turning over the group’s page in Iraq.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen reiterated the Organization’s full support for Iraq in its fight against terrorism and its criminal objectives to instigate strife, fighting and extremism. He also stressed the importance of eradicating the terrorist group, in order to reunite all segments of the Iraqi people and preserve Iraq’s unity, security and stability.

The secretary general called for the need to address the crisis of displaced persons and facilitate their return to their homes as well as to protect the safety of Iraqi civilians. He further affirmed the continued efforts of the OIC to convene Baghdad National Reconciliation Conference (also known as Makkah II), with the view to achieving comprehensive national reconciliation among all components of the Iraqi people.

Source: International Islamic News Agency