Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech on the occasion of the Iranian New Year Nowruz, in Tehran, March 20, 2020. (REUTERS)

May 22, 2020

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has once again called on Palestinians to continue their struggle against Israel and called the Palestinian question an international problem rather than an Islamic or Arab issue.

Speaking on the occasion of the anti-Israeli Qods Day created by Iran after Islamists took over the country, he once again assured his supporters that Israel will be eliminated. Khamenei also called for the expansion of Jihad for Palestine and vowed that Iran will do everything to support Palestinian fighters.

Khamenei claimed that the United States has been responsible for the creation of ISIS and called on the nations of the world “to yell at America.”

He advised the Palestinians not to trust Western governments, adding that westerners are guilty of many crimes. He said the United States and Europe are responsible for wars and bloodshed in many parts of the world.

Khamenei also criticized the United Nations Organization for what he called its double standards and called it “the so-called United Nations organization.”

He also repeated his suggestion for holding a referendum in Palestine to determine the political system of “the country of Palestine.”

Khamenei delivered his Qods Day speech on live TV from his quarantine as the anti-Israeli rallies for the day have been cancelled due to what has been described as a second surge in the coronavirus outbreak in most parts of Iran.

Khamenei read out his message from a paper, as he recently does, possibly because he can no longer trust his memory. He did not look very well and his voice was not as assertive as it usually sounds.

He presented his own version of the history of Israel and blamed Western powers for the creation of Israel which he said was “a criminal act.”

Meanwhile, he condemned all international initiatives to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian settlement, adding that the establishment of an Islamic government in Iran was a turning point in the history of Palestine.

Khamenei praised the contribution of Palestinian groups such as HAMAS to what he called the increasing power of the resistance front.

In preparation for the day, earlier in this week Khamenei’s website featured a poster that carried the Nazi rhetoric about “Final Solution” while calling for a referendum in the Palestinian territories. The propaganda stunt annoyed many Iranians as well as people and politicians in various parts of the world.

He explained later in a tweet that the rhetoric meant to attack the Israeli government, not the Israeli people.

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