TEL AVIV – The Iranian Foreign Ministry said global opposition to Israel is a “good omen” and urged the international community to put an end to Israel’s “conspiracies” against the Palestinians, such as the supposed “Judaization” of Jerusalem and desecration of the al-Aqsa Mosque.
The foreign ministry’s statement, which was released on Monday to coincide with Naqba Day, marking the “catastrophe” of the 1948 establishment of the State of Israel, was published in Press TV, an Iranian state-affiliated news agency known for its hostility to Israel.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran … sees the intensification of global opposition to this (Israeli) regime’s illegal and inhuman actions, including settler outpost construction, as a good omen and calls for international action for putting an end to the conspiracies” of Israel against the Palestinians, the statement said.
It also reiterated Iran’s support for the “national reconciliation and solidarity” of Palestinians in their resistance against Israel.
Press TV then praised the terror group Hamas, which it referred to as the Palestinian Resistance Movement, for calling for “national unity” during a Naqba Day rally in which thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in Gaza City to “demand the return of Palestinians to their homelands.”
According to Press TV, the foreign ministry statement disparaged Israel’s treatment of Jerusalem as well as its blockade of Gaza.
The statement cited Israel’s attempts to Judaize the Holy al-Quds (Jerusalem), the regime’s desecration of the al-Aqsa Mosque, and the persistence of its decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip as “crimes” committed by the Tel Aviv regime against the backdrop of Israel’s exploitation of ongoing crises in the Middle East region.
It expressed hope that Muslim nations would throw their weight behind efforts embarked on by the Palestinian resistance groups and nation with a view to putting an end to the Israeli occupation and materialization of national unity.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic is set to host the third annual Holocaust denial cartoon contest this weekend, two weeks after Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorated the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis.
On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Secretary of State John Kerry to personally condemn the cartoon contest, adding that Iran was “preparing for another Holocaust.”
Watch Netanyahu’s remarks in his weekly cabinet meeting below: