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Monday, February 23, 2009

Iran to host International conference on Palestine

Mon, 23 Feb 2009 15:29:09 GMT

Iran aims to follow up on the prosecution of Israeli war criminals during an international conference on Palestine in Tehran.
Iran will host an international conference in support of Palestine, seeking trials of Israeli war criminals involved in the Gaza assault.

The conference, which is the fourth Iranian conference on Palestine, will meet under the banner 'Palestine: Manifestation of Resistance, Gaza: Victim of Crimes.'

The conference will be chaired by Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on March 4-5, Secretary General of the International Conference of Quds and Support for Rights of the Palestinian Nation, Ali-Akbar Mohtashamipour announced.

The event aims at condemning the war crimes of Israeli leaders and their crimes against humanity during the 23-day assault on the impoverished and besieged region of Gaza in December 2008 through January 2009, Mohtashamipour added.

"According to a bill approved by Majlis, the parliament is obliged to take action in support of the Palestinian people's rights by holding international conferences," he noted.

The Israeli army launched an all-out military heavy offensive against the Gaza Strip, killing over 1, 300 people - including women and children - and wounding 5, 450 others.

Israel's offensive against Gaza met with severe international criticism around the globe. The Israeli assault led to the destruction of schools, mosques, houses, UN compounds and government buildings, all of which Israel has the responsibility to protect under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Prominent figures of the international community, including the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference as well as renowned international lawyers have been invited to the Conference.

"According to legal and international regulations and due processes, Israeli war criminals could face arrest warrants in every corner of the world," the Iranian official stressed.

According to Mohtashamipour, Iran is taking steps to set up a court for the prosecution of the Israeli warlords. Iran's Prosecutor General, Ayatollah Dorri Najafabadi, is tasked with overseeing the process.

Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni are among the officials accused of war crimes.

Iran hosted its first conference on Palestine to commemorate the first anniversary of the Palestinian uprising (Intifadha) in 1988. The second and third conferences were held in 1998.

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