TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Up to 163 Iranian academics have called on Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres to take action against Israeli crimes during the recent war on the besieged Gaza Strip through the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“As you know, we are witnessing the Zionist regime’s widespread strikes, using the most sophisticated weapons, against Palestinians and particularly the Gazans. A number of women, children, schoolchildren and students have been martyred through these strikes,” they said in a statement.
“Since these acts amount to genocide and war crimes, universities in the Islamic Republic of Iran expect that in light of obligations and criteria thereof (global conscience, legislation, supervision, intellectual center, defender, investigator, tribunal, fact-finding, insightful diplomacy), the perpetrators of these crimes be referred to the UN Security Council, the International Criminal Court in the Hague, and other UN and Human Rights Council mechanisms be used for appropriate action at the earliest,” they said.
The UN Human Rights Council will hold a special session on Thursday on the “grave” situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and the Israeli aggression against Gaza.
The session, which marks the 30th extraordinary meeting of the UN’s top rights body, was requested by Pakistan as the coordinator of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Palestinian authorities.
Leaders of Palestinian resistance groups have already expressed appreciation for Iran’s support against the Zionist regime’s military
aggression against the coastal enclave.
The occupying regime launched its latest military campaign against Gaza on May 10 after the harassment of Palestinians in Jerusalem Al-Quds and attempts to steal their lands in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the city.
Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire on Friday, which was accepted by the Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza with Egyptian mediation.
According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, 248 Palestinians were martyred in Zionist attacks offensive, including 66 children and 39 women, and at least 1,910 were injured.