Rafsanjani slams US support for Israel atrocities

An Israeli canon fires a shell toward the Gaza Strip from their position near the Palestinian enclave on July 24, 2014.

A senior Iranian official has slammed US President Barack Obama for backing Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians as the regime keeps up its fatal offensive on the Gaza Strip.

On Thursday, Chairman of Iran Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani expressed surprise over Obama’s support for the Tel Aviv regime’s onslaught against Gazans and said such a move would be a “stain of shame on the political history of the US presidency.”

Rafsanjani further criticized the big powers and the so-called advocates of human rights for justifying the brutal Israeli assaults on Gaza as an act of self-defense, stressing that Gazans are the “most oppressed people in the world today.”

The Iranian official also emphasized the significance of a large turnout in the upcoming demonstrations marking the International Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, to support the Palestinians in the face of Israeli crimes.

In a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 21, President Obama condemned Palestinians resistance fighters for firing retaliatory rockets into Israel and reaffirmed what he called the Tel Aviv regime’s “right to defend itself.”

Nearly 750 Palestinians have been killed in 17 days of Israeli aerial and ground offensives in the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to Palestinian human rights group estimates, 81 percent of those killed in Gaza since Israel first launched its ongoing offensive on July 8 are civilians.

Tel Aviv has so far targeted more than 3,250 locations in the besieged strip, completely destroying nearly 500 homes and partially damaging over 2,600.

Palestinian resistance fighters have also retaliated against Israeli assaults by firing a barrage of rockets deep into the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

By Press TV


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