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Iran: US lacks competence to comment on human rights, freedom of expression

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani

American officials do not have the moral competence to make any comment about human rights, rights of women and the freedom of expression, the spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry says.

Nasser Kan'ani made the remarks in a post on his X account on Friday as spiraling protests have spread across universities in the United States to show solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where Israel's genocidal war has so far killed more than 34,300 people.

Kan'ani posted a video showing US police using violence against a university professor protesting Israel's criminal acts against Palestinians.

"The unfortunate images of the violent behavior of the American police against pro-Palestine university professors protesting the US policy of supporting the criminal Zionist regime has exposed to global judgment the gap between the US administration's slogans and actions," the Iranian spokesperson emphasized.

Pro-Palestinian academic activism has grown significantly across the US since the onset of the US-backed war on Gaza.

At least 34,356 Palestinians, mostly children and women, have been killed and 77,368 people wounded in the war that Israel began on October 7, 2023 following a retaliatory operation by the Palestinian territory’s resistance movements.

The brutal military onslaught enjoys unreserved military and intelligence support on the part of the US. Washington has also vetoed several United Nations Security Council resolutions calling for a ceasefire in the war.

American authorities have come down hard on the student protests.

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