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Iran Questions Western Human Rights Talk

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Iran says silence of human rights groups on Israeli crimes runs counter to their own policies.
Iran says the deafening silence of Western human rights advocates on Gaza is at odds with their carping about trivial contraventions.

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 offensive.

"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.

by Ivan Lira, Venezuela
Source: International Gaza Cartoon Contest

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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