BAGHDAD (Dispatches) – Iraqi MP Hassan Salem has lent his voice to a growing chorus of calls for the government in Baghdad to cut ties with the Persian Gulf States that have signed normalization deals with the Zionist regime, namely the UAE and Bahrain. He added Saudi Arabia into the mix as well, as it is known to have unofficial links with the Zionist regime.
“The Iraqi government should sever ties with the countries that have normalized relations with the Zionist entity and in shame and betrayal of the Palestinian cause through their support for the Zionist entity in its bombardment of defenseless civilians and children and the massacres committed in Gaza,” said Salem. “It is not worthy of Iraq that has always been supportive of the Palestinian people to have relations with the traitors who sold and conspired against Palestine and its people.”
The MP stressed the need for the Iraqi government to move beyond false political courtesies with these “treacherous regimes” that were the right arm of the Zionist entity in killing people in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and, most recently, Palestine. “They support the terrorist Zionist entity which has committed massacres of children, the elderly and women.”
On Saturday, chanting crowds gathered in several Iraqi cities, some burning Zionist and American flags, in protest against the regime’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
Thousands of demonstrators shouted anti-Zionist slogans, held signs saying “Death to Israel, death to America” and waved Palestinian flags. The rallies, called by powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and other paramilitary leaders, were held as the Zionist regime launched more airstrikes on Gaza and Palestinian fighters fired rockets on Tel Aviv and other cities in the worst escalation in the region since 2014.