A senior Iranian lawmaker has called on the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to suspend their membership in the international body in protest at its silence on Israel’s crimes in Gaza.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee at Iran’s Majlis, made the remark on Saturday in reaction to Israel’s nearly month-old killing of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza enclave.
Boroujerdi also described Iran’s support for the Palestinian resistance against Israel as a priority for the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy.
“The West and Israel should know that this is an unwavering policy and it will continue as long as [Israel’s] occupation of [Palestinian] territories persists and this cancerous tumor (allusion to Israel) commits crimes in the Middle East,” he said.
The Iranian lawmaker stated that the Islamic countries’ silence vis-à-vis Israel’s atrocities in Gaza is “disgraceful.”
Israeli warplanes have been pounding numerous sites in the Gaza Strip since July 8, demolishing houses and burying families under the rubble. Israeli forces also began a ground offensive against the impoverished Palestinian land on July 17.
A three-day ceasefire took effect in the Gaza Strip at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Friday. Israel, however, abruptly ended the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire with Hamas only a few hours after it began.
At least 1,650 Palestinians have been killed and 9,000 wounded in Israel’s onslaught on Gaza. Most of the casualties are civilians, including a large number of women and children.