Pres­i­dent Raps Some Mus­lim States for Si­lence On Is­rael Crimes

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TEHRAN - Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani has cen­sured cer­tain Arab and Mus­lim coun­tries for re­main­ing tight-lipped on the Is­raeli regime’s lat­est crimes against Pales­tinian pro­test­ers seek­ing their right to repa­tri­a­tion. Speak­ing at a government meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Rouhani ex­pressed re­gret that cer­tain re­gional Arab coun­tries have kept silent on Is­rael’s atroc­i­ties, while cer­tain Mus­lim states have sim­ply cho­sen to turn a blind eye and some oth­ers have even stated that the regime “le­git­i­mately de­fended it­self.”

Is­raeli mil­i­tary forces killed over 60 Pales­tini­ans and wounded over 2,700 more on Mon­day dur­ing anti-oc­cu­pa­tion protests near the fence sep­a­rat­ing Gaza from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries, at a time when Is­raeli and Amer­i­can of­fi­cials were at­tend­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the new U.S. em­bassy in the oc­cu­pied Jerusalem al-Quds.

Rouhani ar­gued that le­git­i­mate de­fense is only the right of a coun­try or a na­tion that owns a land, but that the Zion­ist regime has no such right to oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory.

“On this land, ‘le­git­i­mate de­fense by the Zion­ists’ makes no sense,” Rouhani said, not­ing that it is in­stead the Pales­tinian na­tion that is fight­ing for its land there.

“The Zion­ist regime and the United States as­sume that by ex­er­cis­ing more pres­sure, they can deny the Pales­tinian na­tion its le­git­i­mate right or can sep­a­rate the world’s Mus­lims from their [holy] land of al-Quds,” the pres­i­dent said. “They are mak­ing a great mis­take.”

An eight-month Pales­tinian baby girl has been killed as a re­sult of in­hal­ing Is­raeli tear gas dur­ing clashes along the Gaza bor­der.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony for the Amer­i­can em­bassy was pur­posely cho­sen to co­in­cide with the an­niver­sary of the day Is­rael was cre­ated af­ter a deadly war against Arab na­tions in 1948.

“The Pales­tinian peo­ple have re­sisted [Is­raeli ag­gres­sion] for 70 years, and will con­tinue to do so,” Rouhani said.

Pres­i­dent Rouhani also re­ferred to the in­ter­na­tional support thrown be­hind Iran af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump chose for his coun­try to leave the 2015 multi-lat­eral nu­clear deal with Iran last Tues­day.

He said, “To­day, Ira­nopho­bia, which they (the U.S.) have been spread­ing to con­vince the world through false pro­pa­ganda that Iran is [a source of] threat, has given its place to Trumpopho­bia.”

This is be­cause all know that Iran is a coun­try, which treads down the path of peace and acts in line with in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tions, he said, not­ing that “to­day, the U.S. should come un­der pres­sure as a coun­try go­ing against its prom­ises and act­ing in con­tra­ven­tion of reg­u­la­tions.” It is the United States, rather than Iran, that needs to be ac­cused of wrong­do­ing, he said. Rouhani stressed that the en­tire world, in­clud­ing the United Na­tions nu­clear watch­dog, has ver­i­fied Iran’s com­mit­ment to its obli­ga­tions un­der the deal, while all are in­sist­ing that Wash­ing­ton has acted un­wisely and in vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional rules.

Rouhani fi­nally said some as­sume that pres­sure, sanc­tions and mil­i­tary threats can force the Ira­nian na­tion to sur­ren­der.

“But the na­tion’s stead­fast­ness and re­sis­tance have proven this at­ti­tude and course of ac­tion to be wrong,” he added

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