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Thursday, October 16, 2003

So, nu? More from Malaysia
Muslim leaders will back beleaguered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and reassert their support for the uprising against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, according to a draft resolution.

The draft resolution approved by OIC foreign ministers and obtained by AFP condemns Israel for its "continuing crimes, slaughters and its repressive acts against the Palestinian people".

It applauds the "legitimate leadership commanded by president Yasser Arafat in the face of Israeli aggression" and demands the immediate lifting of restrictions imposed against Arafat and the Palestinian people.

The draft resolution pays tribute to the "just resistance of the Palestinian people and its heroic intifada to recover its national rights."

It demanded Israel stopped "aggression, killing, destruction and violation of holy Islamic and Christian places" and reaffirmed its goal of achieving an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.