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Senior Iranian Officials Endorse “Global March to Jerusalem”

The Asian wing of the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) arrived Sat­ur­day in Tehran, where a del­e­ga­tion from the con­voy met with the pres­i­dent of the Iran­ian par­lia­ment, Ali Lar­i­jani, and the Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad. The Asia GMJ con­voy began its jour­ney to Iran in Indone­sia on March 10.

Accord­ing to Iran­ian news sources, Lar­i­jani wel­comed the del­e­ga­tion of 120 con­voy mem­bers and affirmed Iran’s sup­port­ive stance towards the Pales­tin­ian cause. “We as Ira­ni­ans, can­not ignore the Pales­tin­ian issue,” he said, adding, “The Pales­tin­ian peo­ple have their legit­i­mate rights; the West and Amer­ica instead of rec­og­niz­ing these rights are try­ing to oblit­er­ate and ignore them.”

Iran’s con­tro­ver­sial nuclear pro­gram was among the top­ics Lar­i­jani dis­cussed with the del­e­ga­tion. Accus­ing “the ene­mies” of Iran of delib­er­ately gen­er­at­ing an inter­na­tional out­cry over the pro­gram, he asserted, “The U.S. is wrong if it believes that it can still impose its dom­i­na­tion over Mus­lim coun­tries, because Mus­lims have been awak­ened and the recent rev­o­lu­tions are an exam­ple of this Islamic Awak­en­ing.” Lar­i­jani also rejected homo­sex­u­al­ity as immoral and deviant, charg­ing that “the world is head­ing towards the end because of them.” Chal­leng­ing West­ern crit­i­cism of Iran’s human rights record, he added, “[The ene­mies] accuse us of not tak­ing human rights into account, while they ignore human rights vio­la­tions com­mit­ted by their cronies in the [Gulf] region.”

On Sun­day, GMJ mem­bers held a brief meet­ing with Ahmadine­jad, where he described the GMJ as a “his­toric movement.”