Iran urges UN to revive resolution equating Zionism with racism
Iran's envoy to the UN has reiterated Tehran’s vehement condemnation of the Israeli genocidal war on the besieged Gaza Strip, urging the world body to revive its 1975 resolution that termed Zionism as a form of racism.
Amir Saeid Iravani made the remarks on Tuesday at the plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.
“Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed a violent act of aggression carried out by the Israeli armed forces in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the death of more than fifteen thousand Palestinian civilians,” Iravani said.
“The current situation on the ground is a direct result of continued Israeli occupation, which is the core of crises and conflicts in the Middle East.”
The Iranian envoy said the number of Palestinian casualties rose rapidly in the first half of 2023, adding that Israeli settlers, who are supposed to act like regular civilians, targeted Palestinians, including children on their way to school, and attacked and vandalized Palestinian homes and vehicles.
“International law unequivocally asserts that those among armed settlers, who directly take part in hostilities with the backing of military forces cannot be afforded the status of civilians protected by humanitarian law,” he noted.
Underlining the Palestinian right to self-defense, Iravani censured Israel’s targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructures in the Gaza Strip over the past weeks.
“The deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructures is expressly prohibited under international law… It is imperative to underscore that if any party is justified in exercising the right to self-defense, it should rightfully be the Palestinians since their plight has been rooted in the historical occupation and atrocities perpetrated by Israeli forces long before the formation of their resistance as a response to the oppressive Israeli regime,” he added.
Pointing to a report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Iranian envoy said 5000 Palestinians, including 160 children and 1100 prisoners, were being held in Israeli prisons without charge or trial and that more than 3200 Palestinians had been arrested in the course of the last 50 days.
“We believe that the most important and urgent priority is to extend of humanitarian pause in Gaza and turn it into a durable ceasefire and rapid and extensive transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza.”
Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.
A four-day truce took effect on Friday to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza after seven weeks of unrelenting bombardment. The regime and Hamas agreed to extend it for two more days on Monday.
According to the Gaza-based health ministry, so far over 15,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes, most of them women and children.