Leader Reiterates Strong Support for Palestinian Cause

The Leader reiterated his proposal for a democratic solution to the Palestinian issue, a general referendum wherein all Palestinians–Muslim, Jew or Christian–participate and decide their own future
Leader Reiterates Strong Support for Palestinian Cause
Leader Reiterates Strong Support for Palestinian Cause

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called for the “continuation and expansion” of the fighting spirit in “all Palestinian territories” and reaffirmed that Iran will “proudly assist Palestine on its path to liberty”.
Ayatollah Khamenei addressed the nation in an online speech to commemorate International Quds Day marking the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan to pledge support to oppressed Palestinians in their decades-long struggle against the Israeli regime. 
This year was the first time since 1979 that annual Quds rallies were not held across the country due to safety concerns in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. International Quds Day is the legacy of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the later founder of the Islamic Republic.
The Leader pointed out that the goal of the fight against the Zionist “cancerous tumor” is the liberation of all Palestinian territories and the restitution of the Palestinian right of return.
He added, “Therefore, reducing this struggle to the establishment of a government in one corner of the land is neither restitution of rights nor realistic.”
Ayatollah Khamenei was referring to the US President Donald Trump’s failed “Deal of the Century” that proposes a demilitarized Palestinian state, in which Palestinians would be deprived of lands lost in the 1967 six-day war and give up their right of return and establish their capital on the outskirts of Beit-ul-Moqaddas.
The Leader warned against falling into the trap of the United States, which is waging civil wars in the region to deflect international attention from the Palestinian cause and sideline their plight.



American Schemes

In the next part of his national address, the Leader mentioned one of the other ploys of the US government, “the normalization of the presence of Zionist regime” with the help of certain regional Arab nations who serve as “minions” of Americans by establishing economic ties with the “virus of Zionism”.
According to the Leader, some analysists rationalize the actions of these Arab countries by saying that the Zionist regime is a reality “without remembering that futile and harmful realities must be fought with”.
“Today, the coronavirus is a reality. Every rational human being finds it necessary to fight it. The enduring virus of Zionism will not last much longer. It will be uprooted, thanks to the determination, faith and pride of the youth,” he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei branded some Arab countries as accomplices to US treachery after their initial short-lived opposition, which sidetracked the resistant movement into pointless negotiations.
At the close of his remarks, the Leader reiterated his proposal for a democratic solution to the Palestinian issue, a general referendum whereby all Palestinians–Muslim, Jew or Christian–decide their future.
“Palestine belongs to Palestinians and must be governed according to their will,” he said. 
He concluded by saying, “Referendum participated in by Palestinians from all religions and ethnic groups, which we proposed two decades ago, is the only solution to the present and future challenges of Palestine.”

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