Iran calls for international action against “apartheid” Israel | Gaza News
Tehran, Iran – Iranian officials have called on the United Nations and other Muslim nations to intervene to prevent “apartheid” Israel from attacking Palestine while a senior military commander has pledged that Iran will stand alongside the Palestinians.
Iran’s High Council for Human Rights – an entity reporting to the Supreme National Security Council currently headed by Justice Chief Ebrahim Raisi and made up of several ministers – wrote a letter to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to take action against “acts of genocide” and “racial cleansing” committed by Israel.
Sunday’s letter, seen by Al Jazeera, says the silence, ambiguous statements and those released in favor of Israel’s “right to defend itself” – as the United States has published – on the unfolding situation. in Gaza have perpetuated the decades-long conflict. .
Council called on the UN to recognize that Israel is committing “crimes against humanity and war crimes”, to form a commission of inquiry, to attract the attention of all its member states and to use its mechanisms. defense of human rights.
He said that “protecting the right of return of all displaced Palestinians in the world and then protecting the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination through a referendum” would be the best solution.
The latest Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip is now on its seventh day in a row and killed at least 192 people, including 58 children.
Israel claimed it was defending itself against rockets fired by Hamas fighters – which Hamas says were launched in response to an Israeli crackdown on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the assault on the Al Mosque. -Aqsa.
In a speech at an emergency virtual meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for action from the 57-member entity.
He said member states should design an “institutionalized” legal and political campaign against the “Zionist apartheid regime” at regional and international levels.
He also called for an effort for the UN to urgently convene an emergency session of the General Assembly to address the issue.
The UN Security Council meets on Sunday. Washington had previously blocked a meeting scheduled for Friday.
“We are facing gross and systemic violations of human rights, humanitarian law and international law,” Zarif told his peers at the virtual meeting, while calling for a referendum that would include all Palestinians, including those displaced and living as refugees.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al Saud also condemned the “gross violations” of Palestinian rights at the meeting and called on the international community to act urgently.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani raised the issue with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Sunday, telling him that Iran and Turkey must unite as two major players in the region to urge the UN and OIC to fight against the “crimes of the Zionist Regime”.
Erdogan reportedly told him that the international community must offer a “strong and dissuasive response” and that the Muslim world must act as one on the Palestinian question.
Rouhani made a similar point in a phone call earlier this week with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, also praising Qatar’s efforts to stop the bloodshed.
Iranian security chief Ali Shamkhani tweeted on Sunday that the “chain defeats” of the United States in Afghanistan and Israel against the “axis of resistance” are indicative of their failed policies.
“We are ready to participate with the countries of the region in a mechanism aimed at creating collective security as an infrastructure for the development and well-being of their nations,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Force commander Quds had separate phone conversations on Saturday with Ismail Haniya, the head of Hamas’s political bureau, and Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the secretary general of the Islamic Jihad armed group. .
General Ismail Qaani underscored Tehran’s support for Palestinians facing Israeli “crimes” and admired “the successful response of the resistance forces against violations by the Zionist enemy”.