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Iran Parliament speaker urges PUIC to end Israel's apartheid, genocide against Palestinians

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf addresses the 4th extraordinary meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states (PUIC) Standing Committee on Palestine in Tehran on May 24, 2021. (Photo by Mehr news agency)

Iran’s Parliament speaker has urged Muslim countries to adopt policies to put an end to Israel's apartheid policy and genocide of Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf made the remarks while addressing the 4th extraordinary meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states (PUIC)'s Standing Committee on Palestine in Tehran on Monday.

“I hope this important meeting will achieve all its lofty goals to support and defend the realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation ... and come up with basic solutions to end oppression, crime, genocide, apartheid, racial cleansing [of Israel against Palestinians],” he said.

He emphasized that all those who believe in God and justice are duty-bound to support the resistance of the Palestinian people in their strong battle against the occupying aggressors and offer them any support in order to help them restore their absolute rights.

"Beyond belonging to a specific religion, sect and ethnicity, the Palestinian issue is an international issue and support for the oppressed Palestinians in the face of aggression and crimes by the Zionist occupiers is a global responsibility," the top Iranian parliamentarian said.

He added that resistance of the Palestinian people once again proved that the Zionist regime only understands the language of force and noted that the "indescribable" struggle of the Palestinian fighters has shattered Tel Aviv's alleged invincibility.

The Israeli regime's weakness and expected annihilation have been more obvious than ever before, he pointed out.

Israel sustained a heavy defeat in its latest confrontation with resistance groups in the Gaza Strip, as the regime declared a ceasefire early on Friday after 12 days of heavy bombardment of Gaza, to which the resistance responded with firing thousands of rockets into the Israeli-occupied territories.

As a result of the confrontation, at least 248 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, including 66 children, while Palestinian rockets killed 12 in the Israeli-occupied territories. Over 1,900 Palestinians were also wounded.

The military encounter between Israel and Gaza began after weeks of Israeli violence against Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank, including Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where Israeli forces tried to force Palestinians out of their homes to build new illegal settlements.   

Top Iranian officials, including Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, have congratulated Palestinians over their victory, condemned the Israeli regime’s atrocities, and pledged unwavering support for Palestine.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Qalibaf criticized some Arab countries for normalizing relations with the Israeli regime, which he said gave the Zionists the possibility to draw up shameless plans for future of Palestine and to think that they would be able to gain absolute control over Palestine and the entire through their malicious plots.

"But now all know that the biggest enemy of regional peace and security is the dangerous scheme of Zionism, a project which aims to disintegrate and weaken Muslim countries and even lead to their collapse," he said.

On September 15, 2020, former US president Donald Trump hosted a White House ceremony, where Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed normalization agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani.

Trump later announced at the White House on October 23 last year that Sudan and Israel also agreed to normalize relations.

Also on December 10, Israel and Morocco normalized relations, making the North African country the fourth Arab state to strike such deal with Israel.

The normalization deals have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital. They say the deals ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

The Iranian Parliament speaker further said the Israeli regime is responsible for the killing and displacement of the Palestinians as well as desecrating holy Islamic sites over recent decades, adding that the United States has been complicit in all such crimes as it supported Tel Aviv through its veto right at the UN Security Council while Washington has also spared no efforts to send all destructive weapons to the regime to carry out its warmongering measures.

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