A resolution issued in Iran to mark Friday’s anti-Israel al-Quds Day openly calls for the elimination of “the cancerous tumor of Israel,” and declares this “noble cause” as the top priority for the Muslim world.
The text of the resolution was published by the semi-state Fars news agency, which said it was adopted by the vast numbers of Iranians who took to the streets across the country on Friday to demonstrate against Israel and its allies, including the United States.
“We Iranians as a united and integrated nation see liberation of the Holy Quds (Jerusalem), rescuing the oppressed and defenseless Palestinian nation from the dominance of the fake Zionist regime, and efforts aimed at eliminating the cancerous tumor of Israel as the noble cause of the Islamic Revolution,” Fars quoted the resolution as saying. This goal is the “first priority of the Muslim World and the only way to confront the illegitimate and criminal Zionist regime,” the text continued.
The resolution also urged Muslims worldwide not to allow “the enemies of Islam” to distract their attention from the issue of the Holy Quds and Palestine, Fars said.
“We, as the united Iranian nation, condemn the Al Saud war against Yemen and the savage killing of the oppressed and Muslim nation of Yemen and also Saudi Arabia’s partnership with the Al Khalifa regime in oppressing and committing crimes against the people of Bahrain as well as stripping (that country’s prominent Shiite leader) Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim of his citizenship right, which unfortunately took place under the silence of the international bodies and the cruel support of the US rulers,” the resolution added.
The text was published as Iranians staged anti-Israel rallies across the country for the annual al-Quds Day events, a tradition established by the late ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on the last Friday of Ramadan. Some protesters trampled the Israeli flag, and also chanted “down with the USA.”
President Hassan Rouhani, attending the Tehran rally, said regional conflicts were making it increasingly difficult to address the Palestinian issue. “Today, due to the divisions in the Islamic world, the presence of takfiris (Sunni extremists) and terrorists in the region… we are far away from the ideal of liberating Palestine,” he told state TV, calling for greater unity between Muslims.
“The Zionist regime (Israel) is a regional base for America and the global arrogance (the US and its allies),” he added. “Disunity and discord among Muslim and terrorist groups in the region … have diverted us from the important issue of Palestine,” Rouhani said. “Unity is the only way to restore stability in the region,” Rouhani further said. “We stand with the dispossessed Palestinian nation.”
Iran, which does not recognize Israel and calls for its destruction, has marked al-Quds Day since the start of its 1979 Islamic revolution. Al-Quds is the historic Arabic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day is an occasion to express support for the Palestinians and emphasize the importance of Jerusalem for Muslims.
“In Lebanon alone over 100,000 missiles are ready at all times to fly… at the heart of the Zionist regime,” said General Hossein Salami, deputy chief of the elite Revolutionary Guards, in a speech before Friday prayers at Tehran University.
“Tens of thousands of other missiles… have been planted across the Islamic world and are awaiting orders so that with the push of a button a sinister and dark dot on the political geography of the world disappears forever,” he added.
Many at the protest in Tehran — from young children to elderly ladies — sported red bandanas with “I love fighting Israel” written on them, while others burned a replica of the Statue of Liberty with a Star of David on its head.