Tashkent: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is compiling a list of Israeli companies operating in occupied Palestinian territories that will be used as a database for the organization’s 57 member countries to implement an agreement that boycotts Israeli products.
“The OIC Secretariat has been requested to provide an up-to-date database on Israeli companies that produce materials or goods in the occupied territories. The database would later be agreed upon for the boycott," the Foreign Ministry's multilateral affairs director general Hasan Kleib told reporters on Monday.
He was responding to journalists’ questions on the results from the recent OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Kleib further explained that the boycott agreed by OIC member countries during a conference earlier this year would not be implemented on all Israeli products, but only for those produced in the occupied territories—the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
While the primary focus was toward Israeli companies, it would be deemed disappointing if foreign companies were also operating in the aforementioned areas, as this opposed the global dissenting voice against Israel, he said.
Kleib further said foreign companies that cooperated with Israel in the occupied territories would also be boycotted, even if they were not based on Palestinian soil.
“Products, plantation goods or textiles manufactured in the occupied territories would be labeled so that OIC member countries can implement the boycott and never buy the products," he said.
"The move would hopefully deter settlers by creating an undesirable economic condition", he added.