The Iranian Foreign Ministry released a statement on Tuesday, on the eve of Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), when back in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly evicted from their homeland and when Tel Aviv proclaimed existence.
“On Nakba Day, an illegitimate entity called the Zionist regime [of Israel] supported by the United States came into being by occupying the Palestinian land and continued to exist with war, crime and occupation, and has turned into the main source of all regional crises and a real threat to international peace and security,” the Iranian statement read.
The statement expressed Iran’s support for the Palestinian cause, calling on the international community, the United Nations in particular, to shoulder its responsibility to take major steps to end Israeli occupation and aggression, restore the Palestinian people’s rights, and establish an independent Palestinian state with al-Quds as its capital.
The Israeli regime has been building settlements deep into occupied territories, defying international demands and complicating the Palestinians’ aspirations for an independent state.
Over the course of nearly two and a half years since it took over, the administration of US President Donald Trump has also taken an aggressive approach against the Palestinians and in favor of the Israeli regime.
The Trump administration has unilaterally recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and has moved its embassy there, further alienating the Palestinians.
“[I]nternational circles are expected to take major steps to end the occupation, crimes and incessant acts of aggression by the Zionist regime and set the stage for the return of Palestinian refugees to their motherland and for holding a referendum attended by all major owners of this territory, including Muslims, Christians and Jews, in order to determine the type of their political system,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry said.
Since March 30 last year, Palestinians in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip have been holding rallies to assert the right of displaced Palestinians to return to their homelands.
More than 260 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in those protests. Over 26,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
On the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day last year, the Gaza clashes reached a peak.
Meanwhile, thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters have marched in the British capital, London, to mark the 71st anniversary of Nakba Day, with several prominent figures making speeches to demand the end of Britain’s support for Israel.