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November 21, 2012

Iranian Leaders Admit Providing Hamas With Missiles And Rockets To Fight Israel

Parliamentary Rally in Tehran (sign reads “Death to Israel”)

Several Iranian leaders have taken credit for providing arms and rockets to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, according to statements translated by the Anti-Defamation League from the original Farsi.

Among those boasting of Iran’s aid to Hamas was Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament and close confidant to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. During a parliamentary rally for Palestine on Wednesday, Larijani admitted Iran’s involvement in arming Hamas with weapons, “We announce with pride that we support the people of Palestine and Hamas. We are proud that our help to the people of Palestine includes material and military (support).”

At a Basij ceremony on Wednesday, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Muhammad Ali Ja’afar acknowledged that Iran “cannot send weapons there (to Gaza),” but made it clear that Iran has “given theme (Hamas) the necessary technology for the Fajr 5 and today mass quantities of this missile are being produced.” At the same ceremony, Vice Chief of State of the Armed Forces Masoud Jazayeri warned Israel that “No Iran dome will be able to tolerate the missiles of the resistance,” and that Palestinian terror groups have many weapons capabilities “that have not arrived on the war scene yet.”

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August 17, 2012

Iranian Leaders Call For Israel’s Annihilation In Anticipation Of Jerusalem Day

At a time of heightened international tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian leaders have been using the occasion of  annual Jerusalem Day demonstrations, taking place today in cities around the world, to amplify their threats against the Jewish state.

  • Speaker of parliament Ali Larijani opened Thursday’s parliamentary session declaring, “God willing, this movement of the Muslims toward the goal of ending and removing this cancerous tumor called Israel will be accomplished.”

    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

  • Another call to annihilate Israel, made by Iran’s highest authority figure during a speech on Wednesday evening, was broadcast on state television. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the final decision maker on all of Iran’s policies, said, “The illegitimate Zionist state will definitely be eradicated from the face of the world.”
  • In an August 1 meeting with representative from Islamic countries in Tehran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that “Jerusalem Day is the only way to liberate Palestine.” He then added, “It has now been some 400 years that a horrendous Zionist clan has been ruling over major world affairs; [they] are behind the scenes in the major power circles, in political, media, financial, and banking organizations in the world…”

Such anti-Israel statements from top level Iranian officials usually intensify in the days before Jerusalem Day, a day of protest first started in 1979 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini against Israel. The day is held on the last Friday of Ramadan and is observed throughout the Muslim world.

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March 21, 2012

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.”

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