Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei on Palestine
- Excerpts from Ayatollah al-Udhma Khamenei's Second
Khutbah of Eid al-Fitr Prayer:
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In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
. . . What I have to say in the first instance in the
second khutbah is that, on Quds Day, our nation once
again displayed to the world the splendor of faith.
Quds Day is not confined to Iran. It is the day of the
Muslim world displayed their presence in defense of
their Palestinian brothers.
They put on display the general will of Muslims to
confront America and Israel's ploys in wronged and
bloodied Palestine. But our nation has been in the
vanguard in this respect and, this year, it showed
clearly this vanguard nature, this grandeur of the
national will in Iran.
This year, on Quds Day, our nation turned all its
cries into a single cry in defense of the oppressed
and combatant nation of Palestine; a single cry in
condemning and expressing revulsion of America and
Israel and the Zionists who, despite all their false
claims about human rights and democracy, commit the
most evil injustices against a wronged nation.
On Palestinian resistance
As a humble servant I wish to thank all of our dear
nation. They have made Iran and the Islamic Republic
proud in the world. The nation has shown its presence,
awareness and will power wherever there is a need for
the nation to be present.
The problem of Palestine is still on top of the
problems of the world of Islam. Lets look at the
people of Palestine and the brutal occupiers who have
occupied Palestine. The nation of Palestine is living
in hardship. Their houses are being demolished. Their
farmlands and orchards are being ruined. Their youths
are being deprived of the opportunity to work. Their
efficient men are being imprisoned. Their people are
being massacred. Even their small children are being
oppressed. What they are doing to the nation of
Palestine is unprecedented in the history of nations.
At the same time, this besieged, helpless and
oppressed nation is powerfully defending itself
against the occupiers. The nation of Palestine defends
itself powerfully and resists against the oppressors
thanks to the name and flag of Islam in Palestine.
US, Israel condemned to defeat
We salute the Palestinian nation. From this splendid
prayer in Tehran, from the heart of Tehran and from
the entire Iranian nation, we greet the Palestinian
nation, their youngsters, their adolescents, their
women, their mothers, their brave and pious hearts, we
greet them and salute them.
They are standing - with their lives, their bodies,
their loved ones, their entire existence - in the
front-line of the world of Islam in this region
against enemies, against aggressors.
As for the occupiers, the usurping Zionists and their
backers - that is to say, the aggressor American
administration - if a person reviews the problems of
Palestine it becomes clearer to them that the
Americans and the Zionists have been placed in a total
impasse in Palestine. They can neither move forward
nor move backward. They are condemned to defeat.
The adolescent Palestinian generation has awakened. It
has realized that the way to salvation from the
clutches of the occupier enemy is nothing but
struggle. It has realized that attending international
conferences, in accordance with the wishes of the
occupiers and their backers, talking, is not the way
to rescue Palestine. It has realized that it must
stand firm, it must work hard and it must make
sacrifices in order to attain the goal. The
Palestinian nation has realized and understood this to
the very depths of its being. And, therefore, it is
When this sentiment arises from a religious origin and
from belief in monotheism - and, Alhamdulillah - this
is the case in Palestine today, this spring will never
dry up. And we hope that Exalted God will bring ever
nearer the day of the victory of the Palestinians.
The other issue in the world of Islam is the issue of
Iraq. The Americans entered Iraq in the name of
democracy and human rights. They entered Iraq in the
name of combating nuclear weapons and weapons of mass
destruction, chemical and biological weapons. They
said: We want to give freedom to the Iraqi nation.
But, today, they have put the Iraqi nation under such
a tight grip that the Iraqi nation has no choice but
to punch their faces and it is doing so.
Their presence has been so degrading for the Iraqi
nation that the Iraqi nation has not tolerated them.
Let the American nation know that their government has
dragged them into a swamp in Iraq and the longer they
stay, they more they will sink.
See what the Americans have come to in Iraq, they have
to bomb occupied Baghdad; to subject occupied Baghdad
to missile attacks from the sea, from its warships.
They have fired missiles from the sea to a Baghdad
that is under their own occupation. This is an
indication of America's incapacity to run Iraq.
The longer they stay, the worse it will become. This
region does not tolerate occupation. They say we want
to turn the Middle East into a region of democracy.
This is a shameless lie. They are opposed to
democracy. They know that if they turn to the people's
votes in Iraq at this very moment, the decisive
majority of the people will take a decision, will take
the step, will elect those people who would not allow
the Americans to stay in Iraq for a single day. (Crowd
chants Allahu Akbar).
On US hegemony
Wherever there may be popular elections in the Islamic
world the outcome will be what the Americans fear. The
outcome will be the coming to power of those who with
all their being consider the Americans to be their
enemy. Such will be the outcome today wherever any
elections take place in the Islamic world. There is no
They want to do something to ensure there are no
popular elections in Iraq. They must understand that
any imposed conditions, any imposed laws and any
imposed establishments in Iraq will result in the
resistance of the Iraqi people. Even if the American
president earmarks 4,000bn dollars instead of 400bn
dollars in his budget he will not be able to subjugate
the Middle East nations, the Muslim nations. (Crowd
chant Allahu Akbar).
No-one accepts the claims of democracy and human
rights from the American government, which, under the
banner of championing democracy, has perpetrated such
atrocities in the world against democracies and
popular rules - the American government which
masterminded the 28 Mordad (19 August 1953) coup
d'etat in Iran; the American government which
masterminded the coup d'etat in Chile against that
country's legal government, the American government
which masterminded dozens of coups d'etat in Latin
America, Africa and other regions against national
governments; the American government which for many
consecutive years supported dictators such as Mohammad
Reza Pahlavi in Iran and the American government,
which even today, accepts any dictator - which may
even be more evil - as long as he surrenders to it. .
Excerpts from Ayatollah al-Udhma Khamenei's Speech on
In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
. . . The Islamic revolution brought the hearts of the
people close to the Almighty, and it put people's life
and spirit in the service of the struggle for a better
life. As the result of the revolution the Iranian
nation began to walk on the path of liberation. With
God's grace, it has achieved many great things on this
path. The Iranian nation should continue with this
path. This is the path of closeness to God, and
material and spiritual presence in the struggle for
building a future.
Unity of word is the secret of success for the Iranian
nation. This secret of success has to be kept. The
secret of success in the larger circle of Islamic
nation is also the unity of word. If the Islamic
nation wants to move forward on the path of the
sciences, progress, material growth, control over
fate, liberation from the rule of foreigners, as well
as spiritual and material happiness, it has to resort
to the unity of word and the word of unity.
The very people who have used every available means to
consolidate their power around the world, i.e. the
centers of the arrogant power, have also tried to use
every available means to create division and
disagreement in the Islamic world. Unfortunately they
have been successful to some extent.
Division among Muslims
If the Palestinians are plagued with such a grim fate,
drenched in blood and their pains have pierced deep
into the soul of conscientious people, it is because
of the divisions among the Muslims. Their fate would
have been different if there was unity among the
If the Islamic Iraq has been trampled under the boots
of the occupiers, it is because of the division among
the Muslims. If the Middle Eastern countries have been
blatantly threatened by the arrogant rhetoric of
America, it is because of the division among the
Only through unity the Muslims would be able to rescue
themselves from the yoke of such humiliation; liberate
Palestine; defeat the enemy in Afghanistan and Iraq
and stop the enemy from exerting pressure on the
Muslims. What I mean is unity among countries and
nations. The Eid al-Fitr symbolizes unity and
Unfortunately there are people in the world of Islam
who are prepared to commit any wrong act in order to
please the arrogant powers and America. They try to
create division among Shi'i and Suunis. I can see
those hands who calculatingly and deliberately are
trying to create a rift among Shi'i and Sunnis in some
of our neighboring countries.
They try to create a rift between various tribes,
religious groups and political movements - trying to
fish in muddy waters. Their efforts aimed at securing
their illegitimate interests in the Islamic countries.
We must remain vigilant.
Iraqis must write their own constitution
Nations, governments, political tendencies,
intellectuals and the elite should be vigilant. You
should not allow the enemy to create divisions for any
reason. In Iraq too, they want to promote ethnic and
religious discord. It is the same with certain other
countries. Muslims have a duty to act vigilantly in
the face of the enemy plots.
The situation in Iraq today is a very bitter for the
Islamic world. Iraq is a single and united country.
The arrogant powers are planning to dismember the
country. They know that this is not possible in a
single stroke. They want to do it gradually. The
people of Iraq, Muslim governments and Muslim nations
should be vigilant.
The dismemberment of Iraq is a danger for both that
country and for the region. Iraq belongs to the people
of Iraq. The fate of the country must be determined by
its own people. The constitution of Iraq must be
written by the Iraqis themselves. A constitution which
has its plan and structure written in Washington is
not good for Iraq. They, the occupiers, should realize
that if it is otherwise, if they don't leave the work
to the Iraqi people, then the people of Iraq won't let
them off. The people of Iraq will not surrender to
Palestinians are resisting
They want to behave in the Middle East region as they
do in Palestine. In Palestine today the Zionists and
the Americans have reached a dead-end. There is no way
out but to accept the legitimate demands of the
Palestinian people and the Palestinian nation.
The Palestinian nation is an innocent nation but it is
a very brave nation at the same time. It is only right
that we call them the brave Palestinian people. This
nation is resisting the occupation innocently, with
empty hands and on its own. It has crippled the
materialist powers of the world who have so many
instruments of suppression and death under their
They should know that if they behave arrogantly and
with a Zionist frame of mind in any region of the
Islamic world and the Middle East, such as Palestine,
they will only bring out the people on to the scene.
The Islamic nation has woken up and the Islamic world
is now aware.
In the past 25 years, our dear nation has proven that
it is attached to its revolution, its Islam, its
system, its officials. The nation is loyal to its
hard-won independence. We have not achieved our
independence easily. We have not achieved this
religious democracy easily. Our nation has struggled
on this path. Many pure lives have been sacrificed on
this path. Our nation has experienced many
difficulties. Is our nation going to lose these things
easily? Faith in the Almighty and trust in the divine
promise makes us steadfast against enemy plots. The
divine promise is this:
Those who help God's religion, those who use their
strength for the sake of liberation and well being, as
decreed by God, they will not be abandoned by the
Almighty; they will be victorious. Our experience has
I pray that on this auspicious festivity and because
of this blessed Ramadhan, the Almighty will bless our
dear nation and the great Islamic ummah. Peace and
blessings be upon you.
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