Iran says Israel's apartheid, genocide against Palestinians must end
Iran’s Parliament speaker has urged Muslim countries to adopt policies to put an end to Israel's apartheid policy and genocide of Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf made the remarks while addressing the 4th extraordinary meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states (PUIC)'s Standing Committee on Palestine in Tehran on Monday.
“I hope this important meeting will achieve all its lofty goals to support and defend the realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation ... and come up with basic solutions to end oppression, crime, genocide, apartheid, racial cleansing [of Israel against Palestinians],” he said.
He emphasized that all those who believe in God and justice are duty-bound to support the resistance of the Palestinian people in their strong battle against the occupying aggressors and offer them any support in order to help them restore their absolute rights.
"Beyond belonging to a specific religion, sect and ethnicity, the Palestinian issue is an international issue and support for the oppressed Palestinians in the face of aggression and crimes by the Zionist occupiers is a global responsibility," the top Iranian parliamentarian said.
He added that resistance of the Palestinian people once again proved that the Zionist regime only understands the language of force and noted that the "indescribable" struggle of the Palestinian fighters has shattered Tel Aviv's alleged invincibility.
The Israeli regime's weakness and expected annihilation have been more obvious than ever before, he pointed out.
Israel sustained a heavy defeat in its latest confrontation with resistance groups in the Gaza Strip, as the regime declared a ceasefire early on Friday after 12 days of heavy bombardment of Gaza, to which the resistance responded with firing thousands of rockets into the Israeli-occupied territories.
As a result of the confrontation, at least 248 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, including 66 children, while Palestinian rockets killed 12 in the Israeli-occupied territories. Over 1,900 Palestinians were also wounded.
The military encounter between Israel and Gaza began after weeks of Israeli violence against Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank, including Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where Israeli forces tried to force Palestinians out of their homes to build new illegal settlements.
Top Iranian officials, including Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, have congratulated Palestinians over their victory, condemned the Israeli regime’s atrocities, and pledged unwavering support for Palestine.