May 16, 2021 05:24 UTC
  • Iran rights official denounces Muslim states’ inaction on Gaza, urges OIC emergency meeting

A senior Iranian human rights official has strongly condemned inaction of Muslim countries regarding the Israeli regime’s attacks on Gaza and the massacre of a large number of Palestinian children and women, calling for an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to address the issue.

"What other crimes should the Zionists commit so that Muslim countries would convene a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation?” Secretary of the Iranian Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights Ali Baqeri Kani said in a post on his Twitter account.

According to Press TV, he added that holding an OIC extraordinary summit is the “least that Muslim governments can do for the oppressed Palestinian people.”

Gaza and other Palestinian territories have been simmering with anger over Israel’s land grab policies in occupied al-Quds as well as the regime’s desecration of the al-Aqsa Mosque complex, the third holiest site in Islam.

The tensions spiraled into a broader conflict between Gaza and Israel on Monday, days after the regime in Tel Aviv launched a heady-handed crackdown on Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque during the final days of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Since then, the Israeli military has been launching large-scale airstrikes across Gaza, razing homes and civilian infrastructure to the ground. The regime’s artillery and tanks have also been targeting the blockaded coastal enclave.

Despite international calls for an immediate halt of all hostilities, including from United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged that the offensive against the Gaza Strip will continue.

At least 139 Palestinians, including 39 children and 22 women, have been martyred and about 1,000 others injured in Gaza in the Israeli regime's latest round of aggression.

Palestinian resistance fighters have been responding to Israel’s aggression through massive barrages of rockets and missiles. They have also brought drones into the equation.

In a separate tweet, Baqeri Kani also took swipe at some Arab countries for normalizing relations with the Israeli regime “under the pretext of peace,” saying they “stabbed in the back of the Islamic Ummah” and therefore should be held accountable for the blood of Palestinian children.

He also wrote another tweet about Gaza and said, "If until yesterday, with the support of the United States and Europe, the so-called advocates of human rights, Gaza was called the ‘world's largest prison’ due to widespread and gross human rights violations,” it has now turned into “the world's largest crematorium with the support of some reactionary Arab rulers.”