A handout image offered by the workplace of Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei exhibits him addressing the nation throughout a reside TV speech on the event of al-Quds Day (Jerusalem Day), within the capital Tehran, Could 7 2021. — AFP

Israel is “not a rustic, however a terrorist base”, Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mentioned Friday and urged Muslim nations to struggle it, as they marked an annual day of pro-Palestinian rallies.

“Israel is just not a rustic, however a terrorist base in opposition to the nation of Palestine and different Muslim nations,” Khamenei mentioned in reside televised remarks marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day.

“Combating this despotic regime is combating oppression and terrorism, and (doing so) is everybody’s obligation,” he added.

His remarks got here amid excessive tensions between the regional arch-foes, following a sequence of maritime assaults, an explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility and the assassination of a high nuclear scientist, which Tehran blamed on Israel.

Quds Day has been held yearly for the reason that early days of Iran’s Islamic revolution in assist of Palestinians, however this yr didn’t function the standard nationwide rallies resulting from COVID-19 limitations.

However regardless of the restrictions a lot of folks got here out “spontaneously” within the capital Tehran, state TV mentioned, displaying the standard burning of flags and chants of “Dying to America” and “Dying to Israel”.

Khamenei additionally careworn that “the decline of the enemy Zionist regime has begun and won’t cease”.

He blasted Israel’s normalisation of ties with “some weak Arab governments” as makes an attempt to undermine “the nightmare of Muslim unity,” calling on Palestinians to proceed their resistance and for Muslim governments to assist them.

The Islamic republic doesn’t recognise the State of Israel, and supporting the Palestinian trigger has been a pillar of Iran’s international coverage for the reason that 1979 revolution.

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