Iran threatens foreign traders who support Israel

TEHRAN, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — Iran’s government warned that companies of foreign countries dealing with Israel would be punished, Iran’s satellite Press TV reported on Monday.

    “Iranian government has sent a bill to parliament that would hold liable any firm that directly or indirectly aids or abets Israel,” the report said, adding that the bill “finalized by the Ahmadinejad administration on Sunday, will impose sanctions on any foreign firms dealing with Israel or monetarily supporting Israeli interests.”

    The report added that there would be punitive measures for those companies if the Iranian parliament passes the bill.

    Since the Israeli offensive on Gaza began on Dec. 27, 2008, Iran has uninterruptedly condemned the “Zionist regime’s crimes on Gazans” and has incessantly called on the Arab states to break silence in favor of Gazan people.

    Some Iranian officials have also asked the oil-rich Muslim countries to use the oil weapon as a means of pressure against Israel.

    About 900 people in the impoverished Gaza Strip have been killed and more than 3,500 others wounded since the launch of the Israeli raid, which it said was aimed at revenging Hamas rocket and mortar attacks.

    Hamas is an alliance with Iran which does not recognize Israel as a state of the international community.


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