Iran declares a day of mourning on December 29 for Gaza massacres

Iran declares a day of mourning on December 29 for Gaza massacres
# 29 December 2008 10:22 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Lachin Sultanova–APA. Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Seyid Ali Khamenei issued a statement on the tragedy in Gaza Strip. Iran’s embassy in Azerbaijan told APA Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared December 29 a day of mourning for the victims of the Israeli massacre in Gaza Strip, calling on Iranian officials to take up their duties regarding this disaster. In a statement issued on Sunday, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that the brutal crimes committed by Israel in Gaza Strip reveal its criminal and aggressive face, saying that this massacre is an atrocity that no human being with honor and conscience can bear. Ayatollah Khamenei denounced the international silence towards this massacre, warning that this silence will allow the occupation forces to continue these crimes. Khamenei also criticised some Arab governments for their "encouraging silence" towards the Israel’s raids on Gaza. He added that the silence proves the fallacy of allegations of defending human rights promoted by Western countries, pointing out that this crime in Gaza adds up to George W. Bush’s list of crime wars.
"All Palestinian combatants and all the Islamic world’s pious people are obliged to defend the defenseless women, children and people in Gaza in any way possible. Whoever is killed in this legitimate defense is considered a martyr," Khamenei said in his statement.
The Supreme Leader said that the Organization of Islamic Conference should provide its historical mission in this sensible situation and to organize united front to punish the Zionist regime. “Leaders of this aggressive regime must be charged and punished for their crimes and long-time blockades. The Muslim peoples can provide these duties demonstrating their strong will. Politicians, scientists and intellectuals have more responsibilities than others”.
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