Iran: Systematic human rights violations taking place against Palestinians
Iran’s foreign minister has denounced Israel’s systematic human rights violations and disregard for international law as the regime’s relentless bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip enters its seventh consecutive day.
“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,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday, addressing an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that was held virtually.
Zarif said the massacre followed the purported “normalization” of ties between certain Arab countries and Israel. The minister argued that “friendly gestures” are proven to aggravate the criminal and genocidal regime’s atrocities against Palestinians.
He maintained that 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,” the foreign minister stated.
Israel’s continued aerial bombardment of Gaza has so far killed at least 188 Palestinians, including 55 children and 33 women. According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, some 1,230 people have also been injured.
Yousef Abu al-Rish, the deputy minister of health in Gaza, said Israel’s Sunday bombardment targeted and blocked roads leading to hospitals in Gaza, including al-Shifa Hospital. He added that the attacks “impede regular patient movements, and prevent the wounded from obtaining health services.”
Tensions escalated in Jerusalem al-Quds, the occupied West Bank and Gaza amid the planned expulsion of dozens of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where illegal Israeli settlers are looking to take over the property of Palestinian families.
The Israeli military and illegal settlers intensified the regime’s violations against Palestinians across al-Quds, including on the al-Aqsa Mosque compound — Islam's third-holiest site — during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet on Sunday to discuss the crisis, after the US objected to a request by China, Norway and Tunisia for a public, virtual meeting of the Council two days earlier, on Friday, despite the continued onslaught adding to the death toll in Gaza each day.
The US, a close ally of Israel, has repeatedly backed the apartheid regime’s acts of brutality as its “right to self-defense.” Washington has failed to even criticize Israel’s bombardment of Al Jalaa tower in Gaza, which housed offices of Al Jazeera, the Associated Press, along with Arab and local press.