Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in an online speech, called on Palestinians on Friday to continue their uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a “tumor” that should be confronted until Palestinians were liberated.
Khamenei said “The uprising by Palestinians should continue … fight to liberate Palestine is an obligation and an Islamic jihad … The Zionist regime (Israel) is a cancerous tumor in the region. The long-lasting virus of Zionists will be eliminated.”
Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials have repeatedly called for an end to the Jewish state over the years, including through a referendum in the region, where the Palestinians are the majority.
Khamenei reiterated this call in his Quds Day speech, which took place on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and which was declared by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.
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