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Friday May 07 2021
By
Reuters

'Public duty,' Iran's Khamenei says on fight against Israel

By
Reuters
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a live televised speech marking the annual Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Tehran, Iran May 7, 2021. — Official Khamenei Website/Handout via Reuters
  • The fight against Israel is the fight against terrorism, says Khamenei.
  • It is a public duty to fight against this regime, he says.
  • "Muslim nations' cooperation on Quds is a nightmare for the Zionists."


Israel is not a state but a "terrorist garrison" against the Palestinians, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday as he asked Muslim nations to keep fighting against Israel.

"The fight against this despotic regime is the fight against oppression and the fight against terrorism. And this is a public duty to fight against this regime," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech.

Khamenei was speaking on Iran's annual Quds Day, which uses the Arabic name for Jerusalem, held on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Opposition to Israel is a touchstone of belief for Shia-led Iran, which backs Palestinian and Lebanese militant groups opposed to peace with the Jewish state, which Tehran does not recognise.

"Muslim nations' cooperation on Quds (Jerusalem) is a nightmare for the Zionists," Khamenei said.

Iranian officials have called for an end to Israel, including by a referendum that would exclude most of its Jews while including Palestinians in the region and abroad.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the government to cancel its annual Quds Day parade. But Iranian state media showed footage of motorcyclists and vehicles flying Palestinian and Lebanese Hezbollah flags driving through Tehran streets.

They also published pictures of people burning Israeli and American flags.