(FNA) - More than 5700 Iranian lawyers indicted Israeli Leaders for their war crimes and genocide in Gaza onslaught based on domestic and international laws.
The lawyers submitted their appeal to Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Shahroudi.
Israel's recent military operation in Gaza killed some 1,400 Palestinians. Over 50,000 people were also left homeless in the enclave of 1.5 million. Israel's casualties in the conflict were put at 13, including 10 military personnel, while over 5,500 Palestinians have been wounded.
Shahroudi appointed Iranian Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi to pursue the case after receiving the 14-page appeal.
In 1947 the UN formally partitioned Palestine and allotted 55% of Palestine's land to the Zionist Regime. Within a year they had captured 78%.
On May 14, 1948, the state of Israel was declared. Minutes after the declaration, the US recognized Israel. The West Bank was annexed by Jordan. The Gaza strip came under Egyptian military control. Formally, Palestine ceased to exist except in the minds and hearts of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian people who became refugees.
Some of the trend for the racist attitude of the occupation Zionist state towards Palestinians is recorded in their political leaders' speeches.
In 1969, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir said:"'Palestinians do not exist".
Her successor, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, said: "What are Palestinians? When I came here, there were 250,000 non-Jews, mainly Arabs and Bedouins. It was desert, more than underdeveloped. Nothing"
Prime Minister Menachem Begin called Palestinians 'two-legged beasts'.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir called them "grasshoppers who could be crushed".
In 1979, right after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, both Israel and South Africa embassies were shut down because of their racist and apartheid stance.