Monday, February 16, 2009

Fars News: "5700 Iranian Lawyers Indict Israeli Leaders for War Crimes"

Evidently combining lawfare with human wave tactics:
More than 5700 Iranian lawyers indicted Israeli Leaders for their war crimes and genocide in Gaza onslaught based on domestic and international laws.

The lawyers submitted their appeal to Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.

Israel's recent military operation in Gaza killed some 1,400 Palestinians. Over 50,000 people were also left homeless in the enclave of 1.5 million. Israel's casualties in the conflict were put at 13, including 10 military personnel, while
over 5,500 Palestinians have been wounded.

Shahroudi appointed Iranian Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi to pursue the case after receiving the 14-page appeal.
Elsewhere in the Iranian Press, Larijani tries awkwardly to distance Iran from the Holocaust denial that permeates the pronouncements of various Iranian officials (not just Ahmadinejad, contrary to what is stated here) and the Iranian press:
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the Holocaust is "none of Iran's business" as the country prepares for direct negotiations with the US.

When asked about the Holocaust on Saturday, Larijani said, "As far as this issue is concerned, there are several standpoints but it is none of our business."

He added that it was "unfortunate" that the evaluation of the Holocaust had been made a taboo, the Etemad Melli daily reported Sunday.

This comes as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's fascination with the topic has cost the country dearly.

Since he took office in August 2005, he has publicly doubted the dimensions of the Holocaust, saying it should be open to debate and research.

"The West has given more significance to the myth of the genocide of the Jews, even more than God, religion, and the prophets," President Ahmadinejad said in 2005. [...]
He has such a way with words . . .

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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