Tehran, Iran – Iranian officials have called on the United Nations and allied Muslim countries to step in to stop “apartheid” Israel from attacking Palestine as a top military commander has vowed that Iran will stand by Palestinians.
Iran’s High Council of Human Rights – an entity under the Supreme National Security Council now headed by chief justice Ebrahim Raisi and composed of several ministers – wrote a letter to UN Secretary -General Antonio Guterres to take action on the “genocidal act” and “Racial cleansing” committed in Israel.
The letter on Sunday, seen by Al Jazeera, spoke of silence, vague statements, and issued support for Israel’s “right to self -defense” – as released by the United States – about the situation. unfolding in Gaza the long -running conflict continues.
The UN council called for recognition that Israel commits “crimes against humanity and war crimes”, formed a truth-seeking commission, attracted the attention of all its member states, and used human rights mechanisms.
It said that “protecting the right to return of all Palestinian victims around the world and ultimately protecting the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people through a referendum” would be the best solution.
Israel’s latest bombing in the Gaza Strip is already on its seventh consecutive day and has killed at least 192 people, including 58 children.
Israel has continued to defend itself against rockets fired by Hamas fighters – which Hamas says were launched in response to Israeli Palestinians ’occupation of occupied East Jerusalem and the bombing of the Al -Aqsa Mosque.
‘Set up campaign’
In statements at an emergency virtual meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif from the 57-member entity called for action.
He said member states should conduct an “established” legal and political campaign against the “apartheid Zionist regime” at the regional and international level.
He also called for a push to make it easier for the UN to convene an emergency session of the General Assembly to resolve the issue.
The UN The Security Council met on Sunday. Washington had earlier blocked a scheduled meeting on Friday.
“We face blatant and systematic violations of human rights, humanitary law and international law,” Zarif told his counterparts at the virtual meeting, while also calling for a referendum that would include all Palestinians, including migrants and living as refugees.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al Saud also condemned the “violent violations” of Palestinian rights at the meeting, and called on the international community to act immediately.
‘Chains in chains’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani raised the issue with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Sunday, telling him that Iran and Turkey should come together as two major powers. play in the region to urge the UN and the OIC to fight the “crimes of the Zionist Regime”.
Erdogan is said to have told him that the international community must offer a “strong and restrained response” and the Muslim world must act as one on the Palestinian issue.
Rouhani had the same point in a phone call earlier this week to Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who also welcomed Qatar’s efforts to stop the bloodshed.
Iran’s security chief Ali Shamkhani tweeted on Sunday that the U.S.’s “chain defeat” in Afghanistan, and Israel against the “resistance axis” signaled the failure of their policies.
“We are ready to engage the countries of the region in a mechanism to create joint security as an infrastructure for the development and well -being of their countries,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force on Saturday made separate phone calls with Ismail Haniya, the head of Hamas ’political bureau, and Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the secretary-general of the Islamic Jihad armed group. .
General Ismail Qaani stressed Tehran’s support for Palestinians facing Israel’s “crimes” and praised the “successful response of resistance forces against the violations of the Zionist enemy”.