0859 GMT January 19, 2019
In a statement on Tuesday, the Iranian government deplored the recent crimes by the Israeli regime in “a joint and provocative scenario by the US government,” the president’s official website reported.
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 61 Palestinians killed 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 Al-Quds despite condemnations worldwide.
The Iranian government’s statement said that after 70 years of the establishment of the fake Israeli regime and occupation of Palestine, it is time for the international community to break its prolonged silence on the issue by taking steps to end the occupation and secure the rights of the Palestinians as the real owners of the occupied territories, and put an end to the longest crisis in the Middle East and the world, which is the source of other chronic crises in the region.
“Stain of shame” for Israel, US
Iran’s top parliamentarian also denounced Israel’s killing of Palestinians, which coincided with the inauguration of the US Embassy in Al-Quds, as “a stain of shame” for both Tel Aviv and Washington.
During an open parliamentary session in Tehran on Tuesday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Israel’s latest “crime and massacre of Palestinians in Gaza...is a great stain of shame for the Zionist regime and the US, which will go down in history,” Press TV reported.
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 Palestinian unity and will only help the nation to keep its resistance against the Tel Aviv regime.
The United States blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that called for an “independent and transparent investigation” into Israel’s killing of Palestinian protestors.
The statement, drafted by Kuwait ahead of a meeting on Tuesday, expressed “outrage and sorrow" at the deaths of the Palestinians during the Monday demonstrations.
It also demanded that all countries comply with a decades-old Security Council resolution calling on them not to station diplomatic missions in the contested holy city.
US seeking to abolish UN
Larijani also condemned the relocation of the US Embassy and said Washington is seeking to discredit international organizations, including the United Nations, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“Apparently, the Americans decided many years ago to discredit international institutions,” Larijani said, adding that Washington is seeking to abolish the United Nations.
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 “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.