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August 2, 2013 0

Iranian Regime Amps Up Anti-Zionist Rhetoric For Al Quds Day Protests

Has­san Rouhani, president-elect of Iran, while viewed by many as a “mod­er­ate” leader will­ing to work with the West, is a life-long regime insider. How­ever, Rouhani’s elec­tion appar­ently does not sig­nify any change in the regime’s antag­o­nism toward Israel and the West. khamenei-facebook-al-quds

This fact has been plainly pre­sented this week in the run up to Inter­na­tional Al Quds (Jerusalem) Day, a day of protest against Israel first estab­lished by the founder of the Islamic Repub­lic, Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini. Through­out the course of the week, state lead­ers and offi­cials have made a series of hos­tile and threat­en­ing remarks against the Jew­ish state, which have also been echoed in state-run news­pa­pers and social media.

The fol­low­ing are some exam­ples of anti-Israel rhetoric made by Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials and news­pa­pers lead­ing up to this Friday’s Al Quds Day demonstrations:

  • In an August 1 inter­view with the Iran­ian Stu­dents News Agency (ISNA), Hos­sein Naqavi-Hosseini, the spokesman for the Par­lia­men­tary National Secu­rity and Pol­icy Com­mit­tee, called upon all Mus­lim nations to “sup­port the inalien­able rights of the Pales­tin­ian nation and to fight this can­cer­ous tumor [Israel] that’s in the Islamic world.”
  • State-run news­pa­pers on Thurs­day fea­tured Jerusalem Day arti­cles and op-eds denounc­ing Israel and Israeli poli­cies. An arti­cle pub­lished in Kay­han, the offi­cial mouth­piece of Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, claimed that the Arab Spring, dubbed the Islamic Awak­en­ing by Iran’s lead­ers, has ended “the dream of Amer­ica and the Zion­ists of cre­at­ing ‘Greater Israel’ from the Nile to the Euphrates.”
  • A pre-Jerusalem Day post on the offi­cial Face­book page of Aya­tol­lah Khamenei called on sup­port­ers to “defeat the enemy & force it to retreat” by par­tic­i­pat­ing in demon­stra­tions. The post was accom­pa­nied by a graphic accus­ing Israel of com­mit­ting geno­cide and infanticide.
  • In a July 31 inter­view with Fars News Agency, Ramazan Sharif, the head of the Coun­cil of Islamic Pro­pa­ganda and Al Quds Intifada, said that Iran sup­ports all “Pales­tin­ian jihadi resis­tance move­ments,” and that there will be no regional peace and secu­rity so long as the “usurp­ing Zion­ist regime is present in the region.”

Dur­ing last year’s Jerusalem Day protests, Iran’s Supreme Leader and sev­eral gov­ern­ment offi­cials openly called for the Israel’s anni­hi­la­tion.

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