Iran’s foreign minister warns about Israel’s ‘apartheid’ of Palestinians

2023-10-24 18:59:17
Iran’s foreign minister warns about Israel’s ‘apartheid’ of Palestinians

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian warned his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor about Israel's "apartheid" against Palestinians, saying the situation in the region may deteriorate.

In a joint press conference with Pandor in Tehran on Sunday, Iran’s top diplomat said the United States was to blame for the escalating tensions in the Middle East by providing continued aid to the Israeli regime.

"I warn the U.S. and its proxy Israel that if they do not immediately stop the crime against humanity and genocide in Gaza, anything is possible at any moment and the region will go out of control," Amir-Abdollahian said at a news conference in Tehran.

Amir-Abdollahian added that a widespread war could have "severe" and "bitter" repercussions across the region.

“In addition to bilateral issues, we discussed the situation in the region and the continuation of the Zionist regime's war crimes against the Palestinian people. We sincerely thank the South African government and people for their strong positions in supporting Palestine and fighting apartheid against the Palestinian nation, Iran’s foreign minister said.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the Israeli onslaught has so far killed over 5,000 Palestinians, including 2,055 children and 1,119 women, while more than 15,000 people have been injured.

Last year, UK-based Amnesty International said its investigation shows that Israel imposes a system of oppression and domination against Palestinians across all areas under its occupation.

Amnesty said this amounts to apartheid as prohibited in international law.

The term “apartheid” was originally used to refer to a political system in South Africa which explicitly enforced racial segregation, and the domination and oppression of whites over blacks.

Apartheid is a violation of public international law, a grave violation of internationally protected human rights, and a crime against humanity under international criminal law.

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