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Does Mahmoud Ahmadinejad think Gaza should be the impetus for “wiping Israel off the map”?
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today said it was “time to act” in response to Israel’s tiny state’s offensive against terrorists in the Gaza Strip, calling on the Arab League to move “quickly” against the Jewish state.
“Aren’t these oppressed Palestinians Arabs?” asked Ahmadinejad in a televised speech. “So when should the capacity of the Arab League be used? The Arab League should act quickly.” He also criticized the United Nations, saying, “Why don’t you even frown upon the Zionist regime?” (The eighteen anti-Israel resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly in 2007-08 seem to have gone unnoticed by the Persian leader, as does the fact that over half the total number emergency sessions of the General Assembly have been about Israel).
Ahmadinejad did not offer specifics about the action he desired the Arab League to engage in; however, if his frequent talk of “wiping Israel off the map” and of the wonders of “a world without Zionism” are any indicator, the Iranian president would be happiest with a 1948-style Arab League war against Israel itself (though he would doubtless prefer the one-sided outcome be reversed).
Meanwhile, Iranian judiciary officials are threatening to set up a War Crimes court to try Israelis involved in the offensive against the terror group Hamas in absentia.
According to the Middle East Star:
A spokesman said the court would be given the task “of dealing with the executors, planners and officials of the Israeli regime who have committed crimes.”
He said the court had been set up on the basis of a 1948 UN convention on the prevention of genocide to which Iran is a signatory.
In Iran, which does not recognize Israel as a sovereign state, a daily newspaper was shut down this week because it “published an article…in which it sanitized the Zionist regime’s crimes in Gaza.”
Also, students are violently protesting at the embassies and consulates of nations they see as being friendly to Israel and hostile to the Palestinians. According to Reuters:
Hardline student groups have written letters to the Jordanian ambassador and head of the Egyptian mission “giving them 48 hours to choose between clearly condemning Israel’s attack on Gaza or leaving Iran’s soil,” a newspaper reported.
Students also demanded Egypt open its border to Gaza, the daily Seda-ye Edalat said. Cairo sometimes lets wounded people and medical supplies through but Egypt’s border has been closed to ordinary traffic since Hamas took control of Gaza [Auth:in 2007].
The newspaper said the deadline expired at noon on Thursday. It said if demands were not met students would “carry out their revolutionary duty as happened on 13th Aban, 1358,” the Iranian date when students stormed the U.S. embassy in 1979.