In a televised address marking annual observance of “Jerusalem Day” (known in Arabic as “al-Quds,” meaning “The Holy One”), the leader of the Islamic Republic referred to the Jewish State as “The Zionist regime” he called “a deadly, cancerous growth and a detriment to this region” that “will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed.”
The Ayatollah Regime initiated al-Quds day after seizing power in Iran during the 1979 Revolution, to call for an Islamic Jihad to reconquer Jerusalem. The date deliberately coincides with Israeli celebration of its own Jerusalem Day, marking the city’s reunification under Jewish authority after the 1967 Mideast war.
“Today, the coronavirus is a reality and yet all wise people agree that it is necessary to fight it. Undoubtedly, the long-lasting virus of Zionism will not last much longer, and it will be uprooted thanks to the determination, faith and pride of the (Islamist) youth,” he proclaimed.
Khamenei urged all Muslim nations to contribute to the Palestinian people, whom he hailed as front line warriors in the battle for Jerusalem. “Everyone must assist the Palestinian nation in this Jihad (Islamic holy war)” and “contribute to the Palestinian fighters,” he demanded, adding that Iranian leaders “will proudly do everything in our power on this path.”
Khamenei, who holds the highest Iranian authority on all matters of religion and state, further seized the opportunity to reiterate the legitimacy of exploiting non-Islamic institutions, in a somewhat liberal use of Taqiyya; which is a common Islamic practice primarily exercised by Shi’ite Muslims under duress to deceive non-Muslims for the purpose of furthering their religious beliefs.
“Although using any halal (Arabic for “lawful”) and religiously permissible means, including global support, is allowed in this struggle – it is absolutely essential to avoid trusting Western governments and international groups that are covertly or overtly dependent on them,” he warned.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded forcefully to Khamenei’s threats. For more, click on this link.