0542 GMT July 02, 2020
“The Zionist Israeli regime is a human killing machine by nature taking the lives of #Palestinians indiscriminately. 20-year-old Rouzan al-Najjar was a Gazan volunteer first aid responder who was shot & killed in 2018. The merciless Israeli forces shot her deliberately,” the ministry said in a tweet on Friday on the occasion of International Quds Day, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Al-Najjar, a volunteer with the Gaza Health Ministry, was fatally shot in the chest in 2018 while treating injured Gaza protesters in a medical staff uniform.
Also on Thursday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif downplayed a recent spate of propaganda by Western media about a poster that appeared on the website of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, proposing a “referendum” as the best way to end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and the final solution to the issue of Palestine, Press TV reported.
Since the publication of the said poster on Ayatollah Khamenei’s website on Wednesday, some Zionist-sponsored international media have been trying to draw an analogy between the term “the final solution” on that poster and the Nazi idea of extermination of Jews during World War II.
Some Western and Zionist officials also moved fast to come up with such baseless charges, most prominent among them being US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who went as far as threatening Iran with destruction.
Taking to his official Twitter account on Thursday, Zarif reacted to those unfounded accusations by describing them as “disgusting,” and adding that the final solution pointed to by Ayatollah Khamenei was a fair referendum to be taken by all original peoples of Palestine regardless of their ethnic and religious backgrounds.
“Disgusting that those whose civilization found a ‘Final Solution’ in gas chambers attack those who seek a real solution at the ballot box, through a REFERENDUM,” Zarif said, re-sharing the poster.
He further asked, “Why are US and West so afraid of democracy?” asserting, “Palestinians should not have to pay for your crimes, or for your guilt.”
The top diplomat was apparently referring to attempts by the West to make up for the alleged war crimes against Jews by trying to prop up and keep the Israeli regime on the map of the world at the expense of Palestinians’ rights.
In reaction to the unfounded accusations, also the Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday lashed out at Europe for its “stunning captivity” to the Israeli lobby groups and its failure to stop Tel Aviv from violating international law.
“Stunning is Europe’s captivity by the Zionist lobby,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi tweeted on Friday.
The spokesman said Europe has historically failed to stop the Zionist regime’s violation of international law including its suppression of Palestinians and its annexation of lands, committed in the name of ensuring Israel’s security.
“Why afraid of a ‘referendum’ in Palestine as a lasting solution?” he asked.
Against ‘disaster’ of Zionism
The representative of the Jewish community in the Iranian Parliament has called on the world’s Jews to rise up against and denounce a disaster named “Zionism,” just as Muslim people rise up against figures such as Osama bin Laden, who take advantage of religion.
“The Zionist regime seeks to take advantage of the Jewish religion, and is not committed to any of its principles,” Siamak Moreh Sedgh noted.
“Therefore, it is both a humanitarian and a religious duty for all Jewish people across the world to stand up to this regime,” the lawmaker added.
Millions of people are participating in worldwide events marking International Quds Day, which this year revolves around the online #COVID1948 campaign to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people at a time when public opinion stands preoccupied with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Since a historical decree by the founder of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan activists have expressed their solidarity with the people of Palestine. This year, however, annual demonstrations were called off due to the coronavirus.