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Iran slams Security Council’s ‘seven decades’ of silence over Israeli atrocities

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Zahra Ershadi

An Iranian envoy to the United Nations has censured the UN Security Council’s seven decades of utter silence against all unlawful acts committed by the Israeli regime, saying the history of mankind testifies that when unlawful acts go unpunished, they are repeated.

“The Council’s decades-long utter and inexcusable inaction has seriously emboldened that regime to commit more crimes with more brutality,” Zahra Ershadi, the deputy permanent representative of Iran to the UN, said on Wednesday before a UN Security Council session on “The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question.”

She also slammed the US for encouraging Israel by systematically shielding the regime against any action by the Security Council.

“The latest example of such measures was the act of the United States, in May 2021, in blocking the Security Council from issuing even a simple press statement calling for an end to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza,” She said.

Ershadi made it clear that such “unwavering support” for Israel by the US is against the inherent rights of the oppressed Palestinians, including their right to life, dignity, liberation, self-defense, self-determination, and to establish their own independent State.

“The Security Council must put an immediate end to this unjustifiable and unacceptable trend and to compel the Israeli regime to cease, immediately and completely, all its crimes against Palestinians; remove the unlawful and inhumane blockade of the Gaza Strip; end the occupation of all Palestinian territories, the occupied Syrian Golan and parts of Lebanon; and also, to hold that regime accountable for committing the gravest international crimes for over several decades,” the Iranian envoy added.

She said the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the Israeli regime in the strongest terms and reiterates its support for the just cause of the Palestinian people and the full realization of all their inalienable rights, particularly their right to self-determination and to establish an independent Palestinian state, with al-Quds as its capital.

Elsewhere in her remarks, Ershadi said the Israeli regime’s representative once again played victim in his statement on Wednesday and accused others in the region and the world in order to distract attention from its brutal crimes.

“Instead of proposing to address the challenges of others, the Israeli regime must stop murder and bloodshed and cease expanding its terrorist activities to the entire region,” she said, rejecting Israel’s accusations regarding Iran’s peaceful nuclear program as “completely absurd, irrelevant and baseless.”

The accusations, she said, are aimed at covering up the dangers posed by the Israeli regime’s nuclear weapons to the region and beyond.

“To remove this threat, the international community must compel that regime to renounce the possession of nuclear weapons, join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and put all its nuclear activities and facilities under the comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Other accusations of the Israeli regime’s representative were mere fabrication and disinformation too,” she added.

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