if you read what i had wrote yesterday, you would know that i was disappointed by the lack of support the Arab world is giving Gaza, especially Iran which has used in the past some of the toughest language against the Israeli occupiers. here you have it.
Iran, which has seen angry protests since the Israeli raids began last week, also added its voice.
Ali Larijani, the parliament speaker, praised Palestinian resistance against the ground invasion.
“Zionists should know that Gaza will become their cemetery,” he said on Sunday.
Even Egypt, which has faced criticism from the Arab and Muslim world, condemned the Israeli incursion, and called on the UN to work to end the violence.
Shoes litter Whitehall in London in protest against Israel [AFP]
In Britain, where one of the world’s largest demonstrations against the Israeli incursion took place on Saturday, Gordon Brown, the prime minister, took a more measured approach, saying that Israel’s ground offensive had created a “very dangerous moment” before calling for increased efforts on both sides to secure a ceasefire.
“First we need an immediate ceasefire, and that includes a stopping of the rockets into Israel. Secondly, we need some resolution of the problem over arms trafficking into Gaza and, thirdly, we need the borders and the crossings open and that will need some international solution.”
For its part, the US state department said it told the Israeli government that any military action should be “mindful of the potential consequences to civilians”.
It also condemned Hamas, saying the group was holding the people of Gaza “hostage” and contributing to a “very bad daily life” for the coastal territory’s residents.