A senior Iranian cleric has called for international action over the major humanitarian crisis unfolding in Myanmar, saying the Israeli regime is behind the violence against the persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.
“Some 400,000 people are killed, beheaded, burnt and displaced which is a big humanitarian crisis. Undoubtedly, the Zionist regime [Israel] is behind all these crimes,” Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said in a sermon to worshipers at the weekly Friday Prayers in Tehran.
He expressed confidence that those who are killing Muslims in Gaza are also killing Muslims in Myanmar.
“The story of Myanmar is not religious or ethnic discord but is the story of a government and army which are carrying out ethnic cleansing,” the Iranian cleric said. He called for more political and economic pressure on the government of Myanmar to stop the brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
Khatami slammed the silence and inaction of international bodies that carry the name of Islam but bear no resemblance to Islam. Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called on Islamic governments to exert political and economic pressure on Myanmar’s “cruel” government to make it stop a deadly crackdown on minority Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian country.
Ayatollah Khamenei says the brutality committed against the minority Muslims by the government, with a Nobel laureate at its top, spells the death of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ayatollah Khamenei urged practical measures by Muslim governments to end the crisis in Myanmar.
According to a recent report, Israel continues to sell weapons to Myanmar’s military junta despite the ongoing persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
Israel has reportedly sold Myanmar’s military junta over 100 tanks and boats as well as other sorts of weapon.
Myanmar’s forces have been attacking Rohingya Muslims and torching their villages in Rakhine since October 2016. The attacks have seen a sharp rise since August 25, following a number of armed attacks on police and military posts in the troubled western state.—Agencies