JERUSALEM, Israel - Iranian lawmakers called for opposition leaders to be tried and executed as punishment for the protests that took place in Tehran on Monday and following presidential elections in 2009.
"Mousavi and Karroubi should be executed," lawmakers chanted at Tuesday's open parliament session. "Death to Mousavi, Karroubi and Khatami!" they shouted, the state-run news agency IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) reported.
"We believe the people have lost their patience and demand capital punishment" a statement signed by three-quarters of the lawmakers read.
The parliament formed a committee to decide how to deal with Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mahdi Karroubi and former reformist President Mohammad Khatami for the protests that flooded the streets of Tehran with tens of thousands of demonstrators.
Iranian politician and cleric Mohammad-Javad Larijani accused the U.S., Britain and Israel of being behind the protests.
"The parliament condemns the Zionists, American, anti-revolutionary and anti-national action of the misled seditionists," Larijani told lawmakers.
Iranian security forces killed two of the demonstrators, one a Sunni Muslim student named Sanee Zhaleh, who was a member of the opposition Green Movement and a supporter of Mousavi.
Police arrested more than 1,500 others, allegedly beating and jailing some of the relatives when they came to inquire about their family members, Radio Free Europe reported.
Police read a list of the 1,500 arrested demonstrators and said they'd been transferred to Tehran's Evin prison.
Meanwhile, Israeli President Shimon Peres told participants of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem on Wednesday that the people of Iran would have to bring about the needed changes.
"The greatest moral corruption in the world today is Iran," Peres said. "It was an abominable sight yesterday to see on television the Iranian parliament standing and calling for the killing of opposition forces in the name of 'democracy' of [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. Those to change the regime in Iran will be the Iranian people themselves and not foreign intervention," he said.