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Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:27PM
 File photo shows a general view of the Iranian parliament.

File photo shows a general view of the Iranian parliament.

The Iranian lawmakers condemned the so-called advocates of human rights for blacklisting the military wing of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, which courageously defends the people against the Israeli army, and instead supporting criminal and violent terrorists."
One hundred and ninety Iranian lawmakers have issued a statement condemning the killing of a Syrian priest by the foreign-backed Takfiri militants as a crime which unmasks Western hypocrisy. This crime has been committed by terrorists who are unfortunately supported by Western states and who operate with Western political, financial and arms support, the Wednesday statement read. A shocking video emerged on the Internet in late June showing US-backed Takfiri militants in Syria brutally beheading two Christians including a priest in the western city of Homs. In the gruesome footage, the militants, who are said to be members of the terrorist al-Nusra Front, are seen cutting off the heads of two handcuffed men, including Father Francois Murad, with a small knife in front of a crowd of people. “The silence of the clergy in the Muslim and Christian worlds on this tragic disaster is deplorable and shocking,” the statement said. The Iranian lawmakers called on Muslim scholars “to fulfill their religious obligation by defending the followers of other divine religions, particularly their clergy, and to prove that murderous deviants have nothing to do with Islam and religion.” The Iranian lawmakers condemned the so-called advocates of human rights for blacklisting the military wing of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, which courageously defends the people against the Israeli army, and instead supporting criminal and violent terrorists. On July 22, under pressure from the US and Israel, the EU foreign ministers unanimously decided to place Hezbollah’s military wing on the EU’s blacklist. ASH/HGH/SS