Friday, May 22, 2020

On Quds Day, Iran’s leader says Zionism ‘a virus that must be eliminated’

Marking Iran’s anti-Israel Quds Day on Friday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Israel’s establishment was an unequaled “crime against humanity,” repeated his characterization of the Jewish state as “a cancerous tumor” and said it was the creation of “Westerners and Jewish corporation owners.”
Citing the coronavirus pandemic, he likened Zionism to “a virus” that “must be eliminated as soon as possible.”
In a speech, excetps of which were posted to Twitter, Khamenei said he wished to highlight “the tragedy of the occupation of #Palestine and the formation of the Zionist cancerous tumor in that country. Among crimes against humanity in recent times, there is no crime that equals this crime in terms of scope and gravity.”
He said the Jewish state was created by the West, which conspired with Jewish plutocrats to establish the Jewish nation.
“Westerners & Jewish corporation owners’ main goal by fabricating the Zionist regime & this cancerous tumor was to build a stronghold to influence & dominate West Asia. So, they equipped the bogus, occupying regime with all kinds of military & non-military tools, even nukes.”
He said the Iran-led “resistance” had created many problems for Israel and, “God willing, the Zionist regime will encounter even more problems in the future.”
Khamenei said it was an “Islamic duty” to fight for the “liberation of Palestine.”
He claimed this resistance was only growing in strength and effectiveness while Israeli oppression was “growing more hopeless and powerless by the day.”
And he lamented that while Arab nations initially resisted the Jewish state, the majority of governments “gradually succumbed… they forgot their human, Islamic and political responsibilities and their Arab pride.” READ MORE