Zionist project, not Muslims and Arabs, biggest enemy of Jews

Speaking at the extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Wednesday, the President said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to cooperate with each one of the Muslim countries to defend the holy Quds without any reservation or pre-condition".

The president's speech is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

The Almighty God is exalted as he took His Servant by night from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa, whose surroundings are blessed, to show him of our signs. Indeed, the Almighty God hears and sees. (Verse One of al-Asra Chapter, Holy Quran)

Your Excellency Mr Erdoğan, the Honourable President of Turkey

Honourable Heads of Muslim State

Distinguished Heads of Participating Delegates

Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

I would like to begin with appreciating the efforts of my dear brother His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for organising this very significant meeting. We have gathered here to exchange views on the appalling tragedy and the old wound of the Muslim Ummah in the last one hundred years which began with the Balfour conspiracy and is now experiencing a new chapter with the incorrect and unlawful promise of the US President to move the American Embassy to the holy city of Quds.    

Today we speak about Quds which is the first Qiblah of Muslims and the third holiest Islamic shrine and is used to recognize the identity and credibility of Palestine. The uprising of the tireless people of Palestine during the past several days against the United States and the Zionist occupiers once again demonstrated that Palestinians would not pin their hope on empty plans and instead are insisting on their righteous demands.

The Muslim states fortunately were quick in reacting to the approach of the US administration towards the Quds City. And the formation of this summit indicates the correct interpretation by Muslims of the incorrect act of the US President.

Distinguished brothers and sisters,

Through every possible means, we should join hands to prevent the enforcement of such an unintelligent US act. However, we should also investigate what elements and reasons emboldened the US President to take such a rude and sacrilegious decision.

I believe that other than any other reason, the efforts of some countries to establish relations and even consultation and coordination with the Zionist regime have incited such a decision.

Instead of countering the threats of the Zionists, some countries in our region are aligned with the US and Zionists to prescribe the fate of Palestine—If such prescriptions are taken, the Zionists would permanently dominate the Palestinians.

Today it is no secret that the biggest enemy of the Jews are not the Muslims and Arabs but the dangerous project of Zionism. We Muslims, Christians and the Jews are the historical owners of this region. The Zionists however are stranger here and have imposed themselves on this region. The Zionists have in fact planted the seeds of terrorism and violence in this region since the beginning years of the past century.

During the past several decades, the Zionist regime has been responsible for the killing and displacement of Palestinians while disrespecting Islamic sanctity in Palestine. In committing all such crimes and murders, the United States has been supporting the Zionists with its veto power in the Security Council of the United Nations and has spared no effort in supplying all kinds of destructive weapons to the Zionist regime. Unfortunately, the United States was chosen as an arbitrator for years in negotiations. Or they sought the support of the US and relied on it for mediation.

The United States has never been an honest mediator. And it will never be. The recent act by the US administration made it clear for the people who wished a positive role by the US in resolving the issue of Palestine that the US is only seeking to secure the maximum interests of the Zionists and consider no respect for the legitimate demands of Palestinians.

Mr Chair,

In order to counter such oppressive and low-minded measures, it is necessary to take lessons from the past. Therefore, I take the opportunity to propose the following actions:  

1 - It is necessary for this summit to strongly condemn the recent decision by the US administration to recognize al-Quds as the capital of the Zionist regime and move its embassy to the holy Quds.

2 - Under the present circumstances, it is necessary for the Muslim world to get united against the Zionist regime. If we suffer from differences amongst ourselves over some issues, we should not be divided on defending the holy Quds and the Palestinian cause. All the problems of the Muslim world can be resolved through dialogue. It is only through Islamic unity that we can better support the rights of the Islamic Ummah and the holy Quds.  

3 - The US administration should be aware of the reality that the world of Islam does not remain indifferent towards the fate of Palestine and the holy Quds. And that ridiculing international approvals and ideas of nearly all the international community on the issue of Palestine would have political repercussions and costs.

4 - It is imperative on the Muslim states to harmonize their protest to the recent US decision in their talks with America’s partners especially European countries and emphasize on the necessity to stand against such a decision.

5 - The issue of Palestine should once again be placed top on the agenda of the Muslim world. With the defeat of Daesh in Iraq and Syria and the necessity of continuing the fight against other terrorist groups, we should not forget the dangers of the Zionist regime including its nuclear warheads which is a threat to the whole world.

6 - The United Nations and particularly the Security Council and its General Assembly can and should play a key role under such circumstances to express their opposition to the recent US decision. It is necessary that diplomatic missions of Muslim states in the United Nations actively participate in the discussions.

7 - The movements of the Zionist regime should be constantly monitored and the OIC should hold sessions wherever appropriate to take necessary decisions at the ministerial or heads of state level.    

In conclusion, the Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to cooperate with each one of the Muslim countries to defend the holy Quds without any reservation or pre-condition.

Thank you



<div>Iran's Interior Minister warns of terrorist groups' attempts</div>

Certain countries, which do not want security and tranquility for the region, are attempting to hatch new plots to strengthen the [terrorist] groups, Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli told reporters.

Asked if Tehran has made preparations for its borders at the time when the terrorist group of ISIS is being transferred to the neighboring countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the minister said that Iran, due to security considerations, attaches importance to terrorist groups of ISIS, al Qaeda and Taliban and monitors their moves.

Of course, Rahmani-Fazli replied, the defeat of the terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria will make them take a new method and spread their activities to other countries.

The terrorist groups are trying to recruit members from new regions, but the good relations among Iran, Turkey and Russia will lead to effectively countering them, the minister said adding that the Afghan and Pakistani governments are also determined to fight the terrorist groups.

He expressed the hope that the regional nations will live in peace and security without the presence of terrorists.



Israeli jets strike Hamas military posts in Gaza Strip

December 13, 2017 - 6:59 PM News Code : 872358 Source : Xinhua Link: (AhlulBayt News Agency) - Israeli war jets struck early on Wednesday morning two military posts that belong to Islamic Hamas movement in southern Gaza Strip of Khan Younis and south of Gaza City, security sources and paramedics in Gaza said.

The airstrikes caused damages to the two posts but no injuries were reported, according to the sources.

The Israeli airstrikes on Hamas posts were a retaliation to last night's rockets firing from Gaza into southern Israel, according to an Israeli army spokesman.

Tension has been escalating in Gaza and the West Bank between Israel and the Palestinians since the declaration of US President Donald Trump last week that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Six Palestinians were killed and more than 1,500 injured in the wave of tension that dominated the Palestinian territories after Trump's announcement.

Meanwhile, Hamas movement said Wednesday that the Israeli security forces arrested 35 Hamas leaders all over the West Bank, including Hassan Yousef and x-Hamas prisoners, who were released in the last Egyptian-brokered swap deal reached between Israel and the movement in 2011.



Iran already composed plans for US possible withdrawal from JCPOA: Foreign Ministry

Calling on the United States to abide by its commitments, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told IRIB correspondent on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared to deal with any possible scenarios in which the United States withdraws from the JCPOA.

He stated that reviewing the JCPOA in the US Congress is an internal issue and added, "what matters to us is the commitment of the US government to fulfill its obligations on time, and we want the US government to stop breaking its obligations.”

"The Special Committee on JCPOA in Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has compiled necessary measures in case the US withdraws international commitments," said Ghasemi.

The US Congress has two months, which is finishing tomorrow, to decide whether to stay in the nuclear deal with Iran after the US president decertifying it.



<div>Many Palestinians injured, suffered suffocation in Israeli occupation forces' attacks against demonstrations</div>

Many Palestinians injured, suffered suffocation in Israeli occupation forces' attacks against demonstrations

December 13, 2017 - 3:05 PM News Code : 872331 Source : SANA Link: (AhlulBayt News Agency) - Scores of Palestinians were injured and suffocation cases were suffered among them in Israeli occupation attacks on demonstrations and rallies in West Bank and Gaza Strip in protest against US President Donald Trump’s decision to consider al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Israeli occupation entity.

Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported that scores of Palestinians suffered suffocation cases after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces at a demonstration that took place in the campus of the Palestine Technical University north of al-Khalil.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian youth was injured when the Israeli occupation forces opened fire on him during clashes with the demonstrators north of Salfit.

In the northern entrance of al-Birah city, the occupation forces fired rubber bullet and tear gas on a demonstration, causing a number of suffocation cases among Palestinians and journalists.

A mass rally was held in Ramallah city which was called by the national and Islamic forces in condemnation of Trump decision on Al-Quds, during which the participants raised the Palestinian flags and chanted slogans condemning the US decision and calling for the support of the Palestinian cause.

In Tulkarm city, a massive demonstration was held against Trump decision as demonstrators took to the streets towards the headquarters of the Red Cross.

In Gaza Strip a Palestinian young man was injured in clashes with the occupation forces east of Khuza’a, south of the besieged Strip.


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