Israel Submits Official Complaint to U.N.

Ad Feedback - NEW YORK CITY - In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, Israeli Ambassador Gabriela Shalev complained of Iran's continuing call to eradicate the State of Israel.

This latest complaint followed Iranian Vice President Esfandyar Rahim Mashaei's call for the international community to demand Israel's destruction because "the corrupt and criminal Zionist regime is harming not only the Arab and Islamic world, but humanity in its entirety."

Shalev called Mashaei's remarks "yet another litany of repugnant and appalling statements by the leadership of the government of Iran."

"The Iranian leadership continues to incite the destruction of Israel, a fellow Member State of the United Nations," Shalev wrote.

The ambassador noted that Tuesday's remarks by Iranian vice president were part of the Islamic Republic's continuing campaign calling for Israel's destruction.

"Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during Israel's 60th birthday celebration last May.

"Today the reason for the Zionist regime's existence is questioned, and the regime is on its way to annihilation," he said.

This ranting cannot be taken lightly, Shalev wrote.

"Such language is not mere rhetoric," she said. "Iran takes active steps to promote its vision of the annihilation of Israel. Iran actively supplies arms, financial resources and training to Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations, both of which reject Israel's existence and a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians as endorsed by the United Nations," Shalev wrote.

"Iran continues to support other terrorist and destabilizing forces across the wider Middle East and other areas. Furthermore, Iran continues to defy the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] regarding Iran's nuclear program," she said.

"Iran's language, matched with its actions, represents a danger to the work of the international community and to the principles enshrined in the charter of the United Nations. We therefore expect the United Nations' leadership and Member States to rebuke Iran's poisonous language and dangerous deeds in a clear and vigorous manner," Shalev concluded.

On Thursday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani affirmed his nation's support of Hamas and Hezbollah.

"We are proud to support Hezbollah and Hamas, and you are wrong for calling them terror organizations," Larijani said.

Meanwhile, mass rallies took place throughout the Islamic Republic on Friday. Demonstrators burned Israeli and American flags, chanting "death to Israel" and "death to America."

According to YNet news, the Islamic Propagation Organization distributed posters to demonstrators that read, "Israel is committing crimes. America is supporting them," and "The Arab states are cooperating with the criminals and are partly responsible for the spilling of blood -- Gaza's children's blood."

Ahmadinejad joined one protest in Teheran, promising demonstrators that "the Zionist regime will soon be erased from the earth."

Source: YNet news

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