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Iranian FM Asks for Int’l Legal Campaign against Israel’s Apartheid Regime  

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the international community to force Israel to end destruction and siege on Gaza, and stressed the need for devising a global political and legal campaign against the apartheid Zionist regime.

Iranian FM Asks for Int’l Legal Campaign against Israel’s Apartheid Regime

2021-May-16  

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the international community to force Israel to end destruction and siege on Gaza, and stressed the need for devising a global political and legal campaign against the apartheid Zionist regime.

“We should devise an "institutionalized" legal and political campaign against this apartheid Zionist regime at regional and international levels,” Zarif said on Sunday, addressing a virtual emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) amid the escalation of a new round of conflict between the Israeli regime's military and Palestinian resistance forces.

He thanked the OIC for organizing the “timely meeting as we witness the most heinous crimes being perpetrated against our brothers and sisters by Zionist forces in occupied Palestine”.

“Innocent men, women and children are being massacred by the deadliest and most sophisticated weapons. Homes are being demolished while their residents are trapped inside. Whatever remains of the infrastructure in Gaza—including power and water supply—is effectively destroyed,” Zarif said.

He added that “we are facing blatant and systematic violations of human rights, humanitarian law and international law”, and noted, “The massacre of Palestinian children today follows the purported normalization. This criminal and genocidal regime has once again proven that friendly gestures only aggravate its atrocities. The sole aim of Israel’s hypocritical gestures is to divide Muslims and isolate the people of Palestine. Make no mistake: Israel only understands the language of resistance and the people of Palestine are fully entitled to the right to defend themselves and to defy the bullying of this racist regime.”

“These barbaric acts have proven once again that the only peaceful path to peace in Palestine is the holding of a referendum among all residents of Palestine, including displaced Palestinians and refugees,” the Iranian foreign minister said.

“It must not be forgotten that Palestine is not only an Arab or Islamic issue, but also an international dilemma. The crimes committed against the innocent Palestinian people over decades weigh heavy on the conscience of humanity. The international community therefore has a duty to condemn the Israeli regime in the strongest terms and compel it to end the destruction and siege of Gaza,” he added.

Zarif underscored the need for working actively in the United Nations to urgently convene an emergency session of the General Assembly to address this issue, and added, “Moreover, the abhorrent approach of some Western governments in equating victims and culprits compels us to look at our shortcomings in pressing our common cause.”

“We should devise an institutionalized legal and political campaign against this apartheid Zionist regime at regional and international levels.”

“A professional international watchdog should be established to monitor and report on the crimes perpetrated against Palestinian people. These crimes must be documented and reported with the aim of bringing culprits to justice,” he said.

He also stressed the necessity for passing domestic legislation and a resolution by OIC recognizing that Israel is an apartheid regime, and added, “Furthermore, the criminal acts of Israel should be recognized as genocide and crimes against humanity by both domestic legislation and OIC resolutions.

And, member-states should extend the jurisdiction of their national tribunals to include the prosecution of criminals perpetrating war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the Palestinian occupied territories.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, as always, extends its hand of friendship to all of you. We are prepared to set aside all differences and unite in defending the rights of the people of Palestine by resorting to every legitimate political and legal tool,” Zarif concluded.

At least 174 people, including tens of children, have been killed and over 1,200 others wounded in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced on Sunday.

Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip entered its seventh consecutive day with air raids early on Sunday killing at least 25 Palestinians and wounding dozens more.

At least 174 Palestinians, including at least 47 children and 29 women, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the past week, while more than 1,200 others have been wounded.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that attacks on the Gaza Strip would continue as long as they were necessary, claiming that Israel shows “special care” to avoid civilian deaths in attacks on Gaza.

Hamas’ first rocket barrage on Monday night followed days of heated protests over looming evictions of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, prompting police crackdowns and violent clashes with security forces that left hundreds of demonstrators injured.

IDF bombing raids started soon after, seeing hundreds of strikes on Gaza, some leveling high-rise structures, including apartment blocks and media offices. The military also claims to have struck dozens of Hamas targets and assassinated several senior officials in the organization.

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyah has stated the group repeatedly warned Israel not to touch Al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

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