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‘Irrational violence’ against pro-Palestine demos will be of no avail: Iran’s Parliament

Members of Iranian Parliament (Majlis) have vehemently condemned the heavy-handed crackdown on pro-Palestine academic demonstrations in the United States and Europe, saying the use of “irrational violence” against student protesters will be of no avail.

In a statement on Tuesday, as many as 150 members of the legislative body threw their weight behind American and European university students supporting Palestinians in the months-long Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Today, Gaza is the scene of confrontation between an oppressed, afflicted and resistant nation and a ruthless and usurping entity. In this battle, sympathizing with the oppressed and protesting against the oppressors is the least of human duties,” the Iranian lawmakers said.

Stressing that the Israeli regime’s record of aggression and usurpation amounts to seven decades, the statement said what is nowadays coming to pass in the form of bravery and resistance by Palestinians in Gaza is the “volcano of pent-up anger and pain” of a nation.

“The expression of solidarity with Palestine by academics of the world, especially in Western countries, is a movement that stems from a justice-seeking, altruistic and humane nature.”

Playing victim and distorting the facts in the West’s mainstream media have not been able to completely cover up the bloody scenes in Gaza, the lawmakers stated.

Expressing their gratitude to the American and European university students for supporting Palestinians in Gaza, the statement said, “Irrational violence against this rights-seeking call will not cure the pain of oppressors.”

‘Imprisonment of freedom’

In a post on his X social media account on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani censured the apprehension of pro-Palestine university students in the United States.

Students at dozens of universities in the US and Europe are protesting against the Washington-backed Israeli onslaught on Gaza, which has killed more than 34,000 people since October last year.

The students are calling for universities to separate themselves from any companies that are advancing the occupying regime’s war on the besieged Palestinian territory.

In the past 10 days, hundreds of students have been arrested, suspended, put on probation and, in some cases, expelled from colleges.

The United States has been providing Israel with unrestrained military, intelligence, and financial support since October 7, when the regime unleashed the war against the besieged Palestinian enclave.

Washington gives Israel $3.8 billion in military assistance every year, and US President Joe Biden has continued to provide staunch support to the illegal entity amid the Gaza war. Last Wednesday, Biden signed into law a massive funding package that will provide an additional $17 billion to the occupying regime.

Washington has also vetoed several United Nations Security Council resolutions calling for a ceasefire in the brutal military aggression.

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