Iran strongly criticizes intl. community for its ethical failure regarding situation in Gaza

Iran's Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has urged the global community to prioritize the trial and delivery of justice for those responsible for the atrocities committed in the besieged Gaza Strip. Amir-Abdollahian was scheduled to address a UN Security Council meeting on Palestine but was unable to attend due to visa delays from the United States.

Iran (IMNA) - In his statement, which was delivered on behalf of Iran, he criticized the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, for failing to fulfill their legal and moral obligations towards the Palestinians and the issue of Palestine. He attributed this failure to the unwavering support the United States provides to Israel, hindering any effective measures to hold Israel accountable. Amir-Abdollahian considered this situation to be an ethical failure and a disregard for the conscience of the international community and the United Nations system.

He emphasized that the primary responsibility lies with the powers that obstruct the Security Council from carrying out its mandated roles as outlined in the UN Charter. The purpose of the meeting on Wednesday was to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, established by the General Assembly 46 years ago. The Iranian foreign minister expressed the expectation of the international community that the Security Council would promptly take action following the indiscriminate attacks on Gaza, thus preventing further loss of innocent lives.

"Who can deny that the relentless aggression of the occupying regime against Gaza, a densely-populated region under a 17-year blockade, along with the killing of thousands of innocent people, mostly women and children, poses a significant threat to international peace and security?

The scale and brutality of the civilian casualties during the 50-day onslaught on Gaza are unprecedented," he stated.

According to Amir-Abdollahian, the number of women and children killed in Gaza alone surpasses the total number of women and children killed in various conflicts worldwide in the past year, including the war in Ukraine.

"Who can turn a blind eye to the fact that the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza with 2,000-pound bombs and other prohibited weapons, including phosphorous bombs, which spare no hospitals, schools, mosques, or churches, constitutes serious international crimes such as war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity?"

The minister emphasized that the Security Council and its members face an extremely severe test, as over 16,000 Gazans have been killed and more than half of northern Gaza has been reduced to rubble.

He stated that "nothing short of a complete cessation of Israel's criminal attacks can partly compensate for the moral shame of the international community."

"We must be vigilant that a humanitarian pause, while somewhat beneficial, does not become a tool to whitewash past crimes and create opportunities for further killings."

Amir-Abdollahian warned that violence is a consequence of occupation and the racist megalomania of Zionist ideology imposed on our region.

"We must not allow the murder and extermination of the Palestinian people to become normalized."

"Preventing perpetrators from portraying themselves as victims and evading accountability is crucial. They should not exploit past crimes against Jews in another part of the world to justify the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people. Additionally, accusing critics of anti-Semitism is a diversionary tactic.

Amir-Abdollahian strongly emphasized that labeling the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination as terrorism is a clear violation of the UN Charter and international law. Such actions are both immoral and condemnable.

He urged the UN Security Council and all governments to ensure a lasting ceasefire in Gaza, halt the forced displacement of Palestinians, and provide immediate humanitarian aid, including food, medicine, electricity, and fuel."

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