Dubai: Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called on Palestinians on Friday to continue the uprising against Israel, demonstrating that the Israeli government is the “tumor” Palestinians must face before liberation.
Against the touchstone of the Shia-led Iranian faith, Iran backs Palestinian and Lebanese Islamic militant groups that oppose peace with the Jewish state, and Tehran declined to recognize the organization.
“The uprising by Palestinians should continue … fight to liberate Palestine is an obligation and an Islamic jihad … The Zionist regime (Israel) is a cancerous tumor in the region.” Iran’s top authority Khamenei said in an online speech.
“Today, the world is counting one by one every victim of the coronavirus across the globe, but nobody has asked who is responsible for the hundreds of thousands of martyrdoms, imprisonments and disappearances in Palestine and in countries where the U.S. and Europe have waged wars?,” he said.
“The long-lasting virus of Zionists will be eliminated.”
Over the years, Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials have repeatedly called for the Jewish state to be terminated, including through a referendum in the Palestinian majority area.
Khamenei repeated this call in his speech on Quds Day, which is given on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month in Arabic, using Arabic for Jerusalem. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the later founder of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, announced this annual celebration.
However, because of the outbreak of the coronavirus, the civilian rulers of Iran had to cancel the annual national meeting commemorating Kurdish Day. Iran is one of the most affected countries in the region, with 7,249 deaths and a total of 129,341 infections.