Iran’s Ahmadinejad demands trial of Israeli leaders

January 18th, 2009 - 1:15 am ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Jan 17 (Xinhua) Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged the International Court of Justice to prosecute Israeli leaders for “war crimes” in Gaza, Press TV reported Saturday.Ahmadinejad made the remarks during an emergency Arab summit on Gaza violence in Doha Friday. Egypt and Saudi Arabia did not attend the 22-member Arab League meeting.

“It is most essential that Israel’s political and military leaders stand trial for the acts of genocide they have committed against Palestinians,” the report quoted the Iranian leader as saying.

In a joint communique after the meeting, the leaders called on the Arab nations to cut ties with Israel for Gaza attacks.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Seyed Ali Khamenei has already urged Muslims to cut trade ties with Israel.

“Purchase, import, re-import and promotion of any products, directly or indirectly, with Israeli occupiers are forbidden, and Muslims are not allowed to do so,” the report quoted him as saying.

Israel launched a massive military operation against the Hamas-led militant groups in Gaza Dec 27. At least 1,200 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,200 others wounded in the attacks.

The Islamic Hamas movement receives strong backing from Iran that does not recognise the Israeli state.

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