Ahead of Friday’s commemoration of Qods Day, an Iranian holiday calling for the destruction of Israel, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) issued a release stating that the annihilation of the Jewish state “is Muslims’ first priority,” Iran’s Tasnim New Agency reported today.
The statement, issued on Wednesday, has called on the people of Iran and other Muslim countries to attend the mass rallies on coming Friday in support of Palestine.
It also slammed the Zionist regime of Israel as the common enemy of the Islamic nations, saying the strategy to destroy that regime is Muslims’ first priority.
The Quds Day signifies the “strategic depth of the logic of resistance” and the fight against tyranny in the world, the statement added.
Another Iranian news agency, Alalam, reported on the official statement made by the Iranian army in commemoration of Qods Day.
In the statement, released on Tuesday, the Iranian Army hailed the International Quds Day as an occasion to reaffirm solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine and express disgust at the Zionist regime of Israel as the “common enemy of the Islamic society.”
The Quds Day also marks “unity and convergence” in the Islamic community in the fight against attempts made by the world arrogance and Israel to create “evil coalitions” for creating rifts among the Islamic denominations, the statement added. …
It is seen as an opportunity for freedom-seeking people across the world, regardless of faith, to voice their support for the cause of Palestine and vent their anger against the Apartheid regime of Israel, which has occupied Palestinian territories since 1967.
The last Friday of Ramadan was designated as Qods Day in 1979 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei to call for the destruction of Israel, and has subsequently been marked by “a ritualized outpouring of hatred directed at Israel.”
On Qods Day shortly after his election two years ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is often referred to as a “moderate,” called Israel an “old wound” on the Muslim world. Iranian news agencies added that Rouhani called for Israel to “be removed,” but retracted after the language caused an uproar.
Earlier this week, former Iranian president Ali Akhbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, an ally of Rouhani who is also often characterized as a moderate, proclaimed that “the forged and temporary Israeli entity, which is an alien existence forged into the body of a nation and a region be wiped off the map.”
Earlier this year, Iranians celebrated the thirty-sixth anniversary of the Islamic revolution with cries of “Death to America.” It was a sentiment echoed a month later by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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