Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Palestinians on Friday to continue their uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a "tumour" that should be confronted until Palestinians were liberated.
Khamenei's official website featured a poster depicting people celebrating on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after apparently capturing it from Israel.
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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Iran largely asked demonstrators to stay home. He repeatedly referred to Israel as a "cancer" or "tumor" during the speech, criticizing the USA and the West for equipping it with "various kinds of military and non-military tools of power, even with atomic weapons".
Referring to the regional leaders that have allegedly been seeking to normalize the relations with Israel as "traitors", the statement said the strategy adopted by the "Axis of Resistance" under "Iranian leadership" has had decisive achievements which herald the "fall of the Zionist regime". "It will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed".More news: Victoria's Secret to permanently close 250 stores across Canada and US
U.S. President Donald Trump winks at Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they discuss a Middle East peace plan proposal during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 28, 2020.
Held each year on the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, Al Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and the day is an occasion to express support for the Palestinians across the Muslim world. The late Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat was among the first people invited to Iran after the revolution.More news: China boosts spending for virus-hit economy
The military force also vowed to continue to fight Israel and said the Palestinians remain its top priority.
Opposition to Israel is a touchstone of belief for Shi'ite-led Iran, which backs Palestinian and Lebanese Islamic militant groups opposed to peace with the Jewish state, which Tehran refuses to recognise.More news: Climate change turning Antarctica's snow green
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday blasted Iran's titular "supreme leader" for a flurry of "disgusting and hateful anti-Semitic remarks" posted to his Twitter feed. Israel's Foreign Ministry offered a tweet of its own over the picture, writing: "We have experience with leaders who talk about 'final solutions, ' and we promise: Not on our watch".