© www.islamtimes.orgSummit of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran.
Iran's justice minister has called on his counterparts from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states to take legal action against Israel for committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

"The NAM [member] states...are expected to once again stand in unison against these [Israeli] crimes and lay the groundwork for the punishment of the masterminds and the perpetrators of these crimes," Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi wrote in a letter to NAM justice ministers on Wednesday.

He added that continuation of the Zionist regime's crimes against Palestinians calls into question "international justice and the rule of law."
"Doubtlessly, the Zionist regime's crimes, which are threatening international peace and security today, stem from the condoning of the crimes this regime has been committing against defenseless Palestinians over the past 66 years," Pour-Mohammadi said.
He noted that Israel's ongoing strikes against the Palestinians are "flagrant manifestations of war crimes" necessitating punitive action.

NAM, whose rotating presidency is held by Iran, is an international organization with 120 member states, which is not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. Nearly two-thirds of the member states of the United Nations are NAM members.

About 1,300 people have been killed in the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip since July 8, and 7,200 have been injured.

Over 80 percent of the Palestinian fatalities have been civilians, including nearly 300 children.

Gaza has been under Israel's blockade since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standards of living and poverty.