Iran’s supreme chief Khamenei made the remarks throughout a speech on Al-Quds Day, an annual present of solidarity with the Palestinians, which is seen in Israel as an expression of hatred and anti-Semitism
File picture of Ayatollah Khameini. AP
Tehran: Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday referred to as Israel “not a rustic, however a terrorist base” throughout a speech on Al-Quds Day, an annual present of solidarity with the Palestinians.
Hundreds massed for rallies throughout a number of Muslim-majority international locations together with Iraq, Yemen and Pakistan for the day, seen in Israel as an expression of hatred and anti-Semitism.
Tensions have been operating excessive between arch-foes Iran and Israel following a collection of maritime assaults, an explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility and the assassination of a high nuclear scientist that Tehran blamed on Israel.
The Islamic republic doesn’t acknowledge the Jewish state, and supporting the Palestinian trigger, in addition to backing armed teams akin to Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, has lengthy been a pillar of Iran’s international coverage.
“Israel is just not a rustic, however a terrorist base in opposition to the nation of Palestine and different Muslim nations,” Khamenei mentioned in stay televised feedback.
“Combating this despotic regime is preventing oppression and terrorism, and (doing so) is everybody’s responsibility,” he added.
Khamenei additionally blasted Israel’s normalization of ties with “some weak Arab governments” throughout the previous yr as makes an attempt to undermine the Israeli “nightmare of Muslim unity”.
The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan have all normalized ties with Israel in latest months underneath US-brokered offers.
“I say this decisively: these makes an attempt will get nowhere,” Khamenei mentioned, calling on Palestinians to proceed their resistance and for Muslim governments to assist them.
“The decline of the enemy Zionist regime has begun and won’t cease.”
Elsewhere within the area, hundreds of Yemenis flooded the streets of the capital Sanaa, held by Iran-backed Huthi rebels, some carrying indicators saying, “Dying to American, Dying to Israel”.
Within the Iraqi Shiite holy metropolis of Najaf, protesters torched paper replicas of Israeli flags and trampled an American one.
At a rally within the Pakistani metropolis of Karachi, protesters held up cardboard indicators that learn “We are going to wipe out Israel” as they took half in Al-Quds Day.
– Burning flags –
Al-Quds Day has been held yearly on the final Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan for the reason that early days of Iran’s Islamic revolution.
This yr state-sponsored nationwide rallies have been absent on account of COVID-19 restrictions.
However state TV confirmed the burning of flags by small teams of demonstrators who mentioned it had come out “spontaneously” for the event, whereas an AFP journalist mentioned protesters are additionally rallied on motorbikes in Tehran.
Khamenei’s feedback got here amid an increase in violence within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution and as tensions have soared in annexed East Jerusalem over an eviction risk hanging over 4 Palestinian households.
Israeli safety forces killed two Palestinians and critically wounded a 3rd after the trio had opened fireplace on a West Financial institution base on Friday.
Police and protesters have clashed in latest days within the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, fueled by a years-long land dispute between Palestinian refugees and Jewish settlers.
The newest violence got here as Palestinian Muslims flocked to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem for the final Friday prayers of Ramadan.
The United Nations referred to as on Israel to finish any compelled evictions in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, warning that its actions may quantity to “warfare crimes”.
In 2018, Khamenei reiterated Tehran’s place that Israel is a “malignant cancerous tumor” that should “be eliminated and eradicated”.