Tue May 17, 2011
Iranian Jews have declared their support for Palestinians and condemned the Israeli military for killing Palestinian demonstrators on Nakba Day.
In a statement issued on Monday, the representative of the Jewish community in the Iranian Parliament (Majlis), MP Siamak Mare Sedq, condemned the killings and expressed sympathy with the oppressed people of Palestine, saying more efforts should be made to help the Palestinians regain their rights, the Mehr news agency reported.
On Sunday, Israeli troops launched attacks on rallies and marches held in Palestine and bordering countries to protest against the establishment of Israel 63 years ago, killing dozens of people.
Demonstrators gathered in cities across the Middle East to remember the May 15, 1948 occupation of Palestine, known as Nakba Day, which means Day of the Catastrophe in Arabic.
In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military killed two protesters, including a Palestinian teenager, and injured at least 65 others, a Press TV correspondent reported.
A journalist suffered a critical injury from Israeli fire in the northern city of Beit Hanoun.
One person was killed and at least 150 hurt in the village of Qalandiya near the city of Ramallah in the central West Bank.
Two other Palestinians were killed and scores were injured by Israeli troops in other parts of the West Bank.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh urged Palestinians to continue the resistance against Israel and expressed hope that the Palestinians would one day return to their homeland.
In Syria’s Golan Heights, at least 12 protesters were killed and 30 wounded by Israeli military fire.
Israeli forces also fired into Lebanon, killing six protesters and injuring 71 others, 13 of them seriously.