Iran Questions Western Human Rights Talk
Iran says the deafening silence of Western human rights advocates on Gaza is
at odds with their carping about trivial contraventions.
Iran says silence of human rights groups on Israeli crimes runs
counter to their own policies.
Iran's Security Council Chief, Saeed Jalili, told reporters late Saturday at a
press conference in Beirut that those who currently describe themselves as
supporters of human rights have maintained silence concerning the ongoing
massacre in Gaza in spite of widespread demonstrations against the Israeli
"War on terror advocates turn a blind eye on the organized terrorism of Zionism
against the defenseless people of Palestine," Jalili stressed.
Israeli forces staged a ground offensive against Gaza on the ninth day of their
military campaign that has led to the death of almost 500 Palestinians and
injured 2750 others.
The Israeli ground incursion into Gaza follows another inconclusive emergency
meeting on Gaza in New York. Because of US intervention, the Security Council
could not oblige Israel to halt its ground assault.
In a statement issued on Saturday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed
deep concern and disappointment over the Israeli ground invasion after a
week-long hostile military operation against the Gaza Strip.
Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) also
expressed disappointment over the inaction of the international community and
the United Nations concerning the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
Calling the Israeli attack a blatant violation of international law, OIC Foreign
Ministers requested that the OIC ambassadors in Geneva finalize efforts to
convene an emergency session of the Human Rights Council.
Fierce battles between Israeli ground forces and Hamas fighters escalated on
Sunday with Israeli warplanes pounding dozens of targets inside Gaza.
Tel Aviv began deadly aerial operations against the Gaza Strip on December 27.
Israel has announced that through its military campaign, it seeks to topple the
Hamas movement. Hamas became the governing power of the Gaza Strip in June 2007
after winning the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections in January
2006, an election termed free of coercion by international observers.
Jalili called for an end to the Israeli strikes on Gaza and announced Iran's
readiness to cooperate with any country to bring to an end the Israeli blockade
and attacks on Gaza.
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