2021-June-13 09:16
2021-May-17  16:50

Iran: Europeans’ Support for Israeli Crimes Not Acceptable

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted the European countries for their support for the crimes committed by the Zionist regime against the Palestinian nation.

“As I said in my speech at the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting (on Sunday), the European states’ support for the Zionist regime’s crimes is not acceptable at all,” Zarif said.

He, meantime, blamed certain Muslim states for pursuing the policy of normalization of relations with Israel, and said, “This move has allowed the Zionist regime to commit its crimes in another form.”

Zarif underlined the need for changing the policies of certain Islamic states as well as the European states towards Israel and the Palestinian issue, and said, “We should display the realities as they are and prevent the Zionist regime from implementing its policies by changing the realities and lies.”

Addressing a virtual emergency meeting of the OIC amid the escalation of a new round of conflict between the Israeli regime's military and Palestinian resistance forces, Zarif called on the international community to force Israel to end destruction and siege on Gaza, and stressed the need for devising a global political and legal campaign against the apartheid Zionist regime.

“We should devise an "institutionalized" legal and political campaign against this apartheid Zionist regime at regional and international levels,” Zarif said.

“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,” Zarif said.

He added that “we are facing blatant and systematic violations of human rights, humanitarian law and international law”, and noted, “The massacre of Palestinian children today follows the purported normalization. This criminal and genocidal regime has once again proven that friendly gestures only aggravate its atrocities. 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.”

“These barbaric acts have proven once again that the only peaceful path to peace in Palestine is the holding of a referendum among all residents of Palestine, including displaced Palestinians and refugees,” the Iranian foreign minister said.

“It must not be forgotten that Palestine is not only an Arab or Islamic issue, but also an international dilemma. The crimes committed against the innocent Palestinian people over decades weigh heavy on the conscience of humanity. The international community therefore has a duty to condemn the Israeli regime in the strongest terms and compel it to end the destruction and siege of Gaza,” he added.

Zarif underscored the need for working actively in the United Nations to urgently convene an emergency session of the General Assembly to address this issue, and added, “Moreover, the abhorrent approach of some Western governments in equating victims and culprits compels us to look at our shortcomings in pressing our common cause.”

“We should devise an institutionalized legal and political campaign against this apartheid Zionist regime at regional and international levels.”

“A professional international watchdog should be established to monitor and report on the crimes perpetrated against Palestinian people. These crimes must be documented and reported with the aim of bringing culprits to justice,” he said.

He also stressed the necessity for passing domestic legislation and a resolution by OIC recognizing that Israel is an apartheid regime, and added, “Furthermore, the criminal acts of Israel should be recognized as genocide and crimes against humanity by both domestic legislation and OIC resolutions.

And, member-states should extend the jurisdiction of their national tribunals to include the prosecution of criminals perpetrating war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the Palestinian occupied territories.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, as always, extends its hand of friendship to all of you. We are prepared to set aside all differences and unite in defending the rights of the people of Palestine by resorting to every legitimate political and legal tool,” Zarif concluded.