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Massacre of Palestinians stain of shame for Israel, US: Iran Parliament chief

A Palestinian woman holding her national flag looks at clashes with Israeli forces east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Iran’s top parliamentarian has denounced Israel's killing of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which coincided with the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds, as “a stain of shame” for both Tel Aviv and Washington.

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), tens of thousands of Palestinians marched on the fence separating the Gaza Strip from the occupied territories.

Israeli forces used live fire and tear gas against the Palestinians, who were rallying in protest at the expulsion from their homeland and the subsequent creation of the Zionist entity in 1948.

Israel’s use of lethal force made Monday the deadliest single day in Gaza since 2014, with 60 Palestinians killed dead and more than 2,700 injured.

The protest took place on the same day that the US formally transferred its embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli-occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds despite condemnations worldwide.

During an open parliamentary session in Tehran on Tuesday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Israel’s latest “crime and massacre of Palestinians in a great stain of shame for the Zionist regime and the US, which will go down in history.”

He also stressed that the Gaza carnage was out of the Israeli regime's “desperation” rather than its power.

The anti-Israel rallies in recent days show that Palestine remains a “live and dynamic nation” and is holding firm on its rights.

“The new movement in Palestine has created anxiety for the Zionist regime, prompting it to take such foolish measures,” he added.

Referring to US President Donald Trump’s upcoming “peace plan” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Larijani said the Palestinians have turned the so-called “deal of the century”  into a “stain of shame” for Washington even before it is unveiled.

Larijani said the deal, which is said to be hugely biased in favor of Israel, has strengthened the Palestinian unity and will only help the nation to keep its resistance against the Tel Aviv regime.

Israel must be taken to court as ‘war criminal’

Additionally, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi held the US and some of its regional allies responsible for the bloodletting in Gaza.

Israel’s never-ending crimes are the outcome of “the unwavering US support as well as the treacherous compromise and the ignominious inaction of some regional governments,” he pointed out.

Qassemi also called on regional and international organizations and bodies to immediately condemn the Israeli regime's atrocities and take it as a “war criminal” to international courts.

“Proper, firm and urgent measures are needed to put an end to the ongoing brutal killings of thousands of defenseless people at the hands of the occupying Zionists,” the Iranian official added.

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