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Israel is a ‘tumor’ in Palestine, says Iran’s supreme leader

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Israel is a ‘tumor’ in Palestine, says Iran’s supreme leader

The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, compared this Friday, 22, the government of Israel to a "cancerous tumor" in a speech about the situation of the conflict in the Palestinian region. Khamenei has intensified his provocations on the Jewish state, ruled by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, since the presentation by the United States of a "peace plan" that provides for the annexation of Palestinian territories by Israel.

"The Palestinian insurrection should continue … Fighting to liberate Palestine is an obligation and an Islamic jihad," said Khamenei in his Friday speech, in honor of Jerusalem Day.

“The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor in the region. The lasting Zionist virus will be eliminated, ”added Khamenei, referring to the one used since the 19th century to characterize a diversity of political and cultural currents that, in general, share the view that the Land of Israel, whose limits do not are unanimous among Zionists, belong to the Jewish people.

Jerusalem Day – which, according to the Iranian government, is a demonstration of Iran's support for the Palestinian people and the sovereignty of the State of Palestine – has been celebrated in the Persian country since 1979, when the Islamic Revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini installed the current regime Iranian theocratic.

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Just this week, Khamenei had provoked the State of Israel on Wednesday 20, when he said he would defend "any country or group" that opposed the "Zionist regime". "We will support and help any nation or group anywhere that opposes and fights against the Zionist regime, and we have no hesitation in saying that," Khamenei published in his official Twitter account, which, however, has not yet been verified by Twitter.

Khamenei stressed that his comments on the “Zionist regime” should not be understood as an attack on the Jews. “Eliminating the Zionist regime does not mean eliminating Jews. We are not against Jews. (Eliminating the Zionist regime) means that Muslim, Christian and Jewish Palestinians choose their own government and expel bandits like Netanyahu. ”, Tweeted the ayatollah.

Iran's supreme leader even compared the Israeli government to the segregationist apartheid regime, installed in South Africa between 1948 and the early 1990s.

“Just as the people of South Africa eliminated the Apartheid regime, the Zionist regime will also fall. This totally racist, usurper, malicious, false, apartheid regime will also collapse, "tweeted Khamenei on Thursday 21." The only remedy until the Zionist regime is removed is firm armed resistance, "he added.

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We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do not hesitate to say this.#FlyTheFlag

– Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) May 20, 2020

Palestine annexation

Khamenei, however, is not the first political leader to associate Israeli government policy with apartheid. About fifty ex-foreign ministers from European countries, among other political leaders from the old continent, signed an open letter on February 27 comparing apartheid to “Business of the Century”, the peace project for Palestine endorsed by the president United States, Donald Trump, and the Israeli government.

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“The plan foresees a formalization of the current reality, in which two peoples live side by side without equal rights. This result has characteristics similar to that of Apartheid ”, says the open letter.

The American project provides, in particular, for the annexation by Israel of parts of the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 by the Hebrew State. According to the agreement signed between Netanyahu and the leader of the Blue and White party, Benny Gantz, who established the current Israeli government in early May, Israel must present, as of July 1, a plan to implement the plan of the States United.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a brief visit to Jerusalem on Wednesday 13 to discuss the matter in particular with Netanyahu, Gantz and the future head of Israeli diplomacy, Gabi Ashkenazi. Although very few elements of these conversations were filtered out, the next government's "guidelines" do not specifically mention "the annexation", but rather refer to the need to "strengthen national security and work for peace".

The Israeli government says, above all, it wants to focus on "strengthening the economy and increasing competitiveness" in a context of uncertainty. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, unemployment in Israel took off from 3.4% to 27%.

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(With Reuters)

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