Tuesday Aug 19, 201402:36 PM GMT
Committing crimes now habit for Israel: Top cleric
Chairman of Iran
Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

A senior Iranian official has lashed out at the international organizations and groups for constantly turning a blind eye to the Israeli regime's relentless atrocities.

"Committing crimes has grown into a habit for Israel, and silence and supporting criminals has become routine in international communities,” Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in a Tuesday message to a demonstration of anti-Israeli protesters in Tehran.

On Tuesday afternoon, a group of Iranian artists, athletes and civil activists held a gathering in front of the UN office in Tehran to protest against Israel’s crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Rafsanjani expressed shock over the silence of international bodies on Israel’s crimes in Gaza and hailed the popular protests against such atrocities.

“Surprisingly, some of the world powers describe these crimes as self-defense for the Zionists and persist on this,” the Iranian official pointed out.

More than 2,000 Palestinians, including a large number of women and children, have lost their lives in the Israeli war on Gaza so far and nearly 10,200 others have sustained injuries.

Palestinians and Israelis have been holding indirect talks in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, over a lasting ceasefire deal for the past several days.

Earlier this month, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said he is pushing for a war crimes case at the International Criminal Court against Israel.

However, recent reports indicate that the United States and some other Western countries are exerting significant pressure on the court to prevent an investigation into Israel’s war crimes.

ASH/HMV/SL

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