JERUSALEM, Israel - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah were among those condemning Israel's response to the observance of the 'Nakba' -- or catastrophe -- on Sunday, the Arab reference to the establishment of the modern State of Israel.
Salehi "blasted the Zionists' crimes against the innocent Palestinian civilians as a blatant violation of the international rules and resolutions," Iran's FARS news agency reported. According to the report, Salehi called on "international bodies" to promptly deal with "Israeli crimes."
Nasrallah said the pro-Palestinian protesters who attempted to breach Israel's border with Lebanon and Syria gave the "Nakba new meaning."
"We must praise the courage and faith of those who protested yesterday at Lebanon and Syria's borders with occupied Palestine as well as within Palestine, those who stood with bared chests and heads high before the tyranny of the enemy army," Nasrallah said in an Internet posting.
"Your message, loud and clear, to the enemy is that you will liberate your lands, that the fate of this entity [Israel] is demise, and that no initiatives, treaties or borders will protect it," Nasrallah said.
Nasrallah is rarely seen in public, posting his comments on the Internet or giving speeches via Hezbollah's al-Manar satellite television station.