Iran urges Muslim world to end Israeli ‘genocide’ in Gaza


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Muslim countries on Sunday to unite to bring about an end to Israel’s “genocide” against the people of Gaza, Algeria’s APS news agency reported.

Following talks with Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Ahmadinejad said that if “urgent and global measures are not taken by independent and free countries” to end Israel’s deadly bombardment of Gaza, “the region, the Muslim world and humanity as a whole will be confronted with a humanitarian catastrophe on a historic scale.”

Calling for coordinated political and economic sanctions against Israel, Ahmadinejad said Iran would offer “every support” to combat the Israeli offensive and prevent “a new genocidal stage” in its campaign against the Palestinian people.

Warning that the Muslim world and its leaders have a “historic responsibility” to act, Ahmadinejad said Islamic peoples and governments “are capable of injecting dynamism into the Palestinian intifada.”

He was employing the Arabic term for uprising used to refer to the two Palestinian rebellions against Israeli occupation launched in 1987 and 2000.

Israel began pouring reservists into the Gaza Strip on Sunday as heavy clashes raged on despite a UN Security Council demand for a ceasefire.

Nearly 900 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched its onslaught on December 27 in the face of peristent rocket and mortar fire by Gaza militants.

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