RNA - “The international community strongly denounced the cruel moves by the Zionist regime [of Israel] in violating the Palestinians’ rights, Judaizing [Jerusalem] al-Quds, desecrating and destroying the al-Aqsa mosque and expanding its settlements as well as killing, jailing and torturing women, men and children,” Bahram Qassemi said on Sunday.
He praised resistance of the Palestinian people against the Israeli regime’s criminal policies and paid tribute to the 16th anniversary of the Second Palestinian Intifada (uprising), also known as the al-Aqsa Intifada, which left more than 3,000 Palestinians dead.
The Iranian spokesperson also paid homage to the Palestinians who sacrificed their lives during the Intifada to counter the Tel Aviv regime’s brutal acts.
The Second Intifada broke out in September 2000 following a visit by Israel’s then leader, Ariel Sharon, to Haram al-Sharif or Temple Mount in Jerusalem al-Quds, in a move that was denounced by Palestinians as highly provocative.
The uprising ended in February 2005 following a truce between the Israelis and Palestinians.