Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Muslim nations on Friday to keep fighting against Israel, which he said was not a state but a “terrorist garrison” against the Palestinians.
“The fight against this despotic regime is the fight against oppression and the fight against terrorism. And this is a public duty to fight against this regime, ”Ayatollah Khamenei said in a televised speech.
He was speaking on Iran’s annual Quds Day, which uses the Arabic name for Jerusalem, held on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
“Muslim nations’ cooperation on Quds (Jerusalem) is a nightmare for the Zionists,” he said.
Iranian officials have called for an end to Israel, including by a referendum that would exclude most of its Jews while including Palestinians in the region and abroad.
The pandemic coronavirus forced the government to cancel its annual Quds Day parade. But Iranian state media showed footage of motorcyclists and vehicles flying Palestinian and Lebanese Hezbollah flags driving through Tehran streets.