OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said in a statement on Sunday that the organization “cannot accept any report that would whitewash Israel’s attack on the humanitarian flotilla and condone Israel’s illegal blockade against the Palestinian civilians,” AFP reported.
“The UN Panel of Inquiry’s Report failed to reflect an objective and unbiased position,” Ihsanoglu added.
A recent UN report by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer concluded that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza was a “legitimate security measure.” The report blamed Israeli troops for using excessive force after boarding the Freedom Flotilla.
The Israeli military attacked the Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2010, killing nine Turkish nationals aboard the Turkish-flagged MV Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other activists that were part of the team on the six-ship convoy.
Ihsanoglu also expressed his support for Turkey’s recently declared plans to take Israel to the International Criminal Court at The Hague over the deadly incident.
The world’s largest Muslim body also demanded another independent inquiry into the 2010 attack, calling on the international community to exert “as much pressure as possible” on Israel to end its blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and suspended all military agreements with Tel Aviv on Friday over its refusal to apologize for the deadly attack