1213 GMT December 15, 2018
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani regretted the silence of certain Muslim, Arab countries over the latest crimes of Israel against Palestinian protesters seeking their right to repatriation.
Speaking at a government meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani expressed regret that certain regional Arab countries have remained tight-lipped 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 on Monday during anti-occupation protests near the Gaza fence, at a time when Israeli and American officials were attending the inaugural ceremony of the new US Embassy in occupied Al-Quds.
“I have no doubt that such actions will make Palestinians more determined to resist and will prove to the Muslims of the world that there is no way except unity, integrity, more pressure and helping the people of Palestine to liberate their lands,” the president added.
Rouhani condemned the killing of Palestinians, saying “Palestinians are fighting for their homeland.”
Rouhani also said Iran will always support Palestinians’ rights.
He said, “We will always stand against aggressors and oppressors and believe that ultimate victory belongs to the oppressed.”
Rouhani argued that legitimate defense is only the right of a country or a nation that owns a land, but that Israel has no such right to occupied territory.
Dubbed the March of Return, the protests were launched on March 30 to demand Palestinian access to family lands or homes that Israel captured in a 1948 war. Larger crowds have flocked to the Gaza fence after Muslim prayers on Fridays.
An eight-month Palestinian baby girl has been killed as a result of inhaling Israeli tear gas during clashes along the Gaza fence.
Gaza medics said two Palestinians were also shot dead during Tuesday's demonstrations along the 51 km (32 mile) fence.
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.
Israel faced a growing backlash and new charges of using excessive force.
Iranians staged a protest to voice their outrage at Israel's recent massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the US Embassy relocation to the occupied city of Al-Quds.
The demonstration took place outside the former US Embassy building in Tehran on Wednesday.
The high casualty toll revived international criticism of Israel’s open-fire policies. Rights groups have said the use of potentially lethal force against protesters who pose no immediate threat to soldiers’ lives is unlawful.
Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador, while Ireland and Belgium summoned Israeli envoys. Leading European countries and the UN human rights office called for an investigation of the bloodshed, and the UN Security Council held a moment of silence for the Palestinians killed on Monday as it opened discussions on the Gaza situation.
The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv, condemned by Palestinians as blatantly pro-Israel, further dimmed prospects of what President Donald Trump had once touted as plans to negotiate the “deal of the century.” The Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed East Al-Quds as a capital.
Germany, Belgium and Ireland called for an investigation of the violence.
In Brussels, Prime Minister Charles Michel called the Israeli actions “unacceptable violence” and said there was a “clear lack of proportionality.” Michel said the violence and killings would be moved onto the calendar of the European Union summit in Sofia on Wednesday and Thursday.
German spokesman Steffen Seibert said the violence “concerns us greatly.”
Palestinians recall envoys
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it was recalling for consultations Palestinian ambassadors in Romania, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, citing those EU nations’ participation in the Israeli celebration of the US Embassy’s move to Al-Quds.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday withdrew his top envoy to Washington.
The European Union opposed the US move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds.
Israel said all 86 countries with diplomatic missions in Israel were invited to the event, while 33 accepted.
Reuters, AP, AFP, Press TV, reviewjournal.com and president.ir contributed to this story.