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Houthi: Confronting Israeli threat Muslim Ummah's religious duty

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the leader of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement, delivers a speech on May 6, 2021.

The leader of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement calls confronting the threat posed by the Israeli regime is the entire Muslim Ummah's religious duty.  

“We, as an Islamic nation, are in a position of religious responsibility before God to move in support of the Palestinian people and confront the threat of the enemy,” Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said in a live address on Thursday night.

“The Israeli enemy is not just an enemy like the rest of the foes, but rather the most hostile [of all] towards us as a Muslim Umma,” he said.

To explain his remarks, the Ansarullah leader cited the fact that the Zionist entity “was born out of crimes and genocide and committed the most heinous massacres against the Palestinian people and [the rest of] the Muslim Ummah.”

Zionists, he observed, do not consider Muslims to be entitled to every other human’s rights, he said, noting how they were even inculcating children with hostility towards Muslims.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of support that the Palestinian cause has been receiving “on the official level” whether among the Arab states or the world’s Muslim countries, saying, "Both Arab and Islamic nations "have failed to properly deal with the Palestinian issue.” 

After the initial Arab failure to lend enough support to the Palestinian cause, popular resistance movements, such as Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon, set off a trend of victories against the occupying entity, the Yemeni official said. 

Nevertheless, the Arab states still denied their support from the resistance groups, al-Houthi added, although, the entirety of the Muslim Ummah is duty-bound to stand up to the Israeli threat.

“We must establish in the reality of our nation that the persistence of the Israeli threat increases our responsibility to confront it, and this responsibility is not confined to Palestine or its neighborhood, but rather concerns the entire nation.”

The Ansarullah leader, meanwhile, noted that the Israeli regime and its supporters are working hard “to prevent (the Yemeni) nation from possessing military capabilities.”

“Zionists seek to prevent the nation from possessing military capabilities, while they possess nuclear and deadliest types of weapons,” he added, referring to Tel Aviv’s notorious military nuclear program and its widely-reported other non-conventional and banned arsenals.

The official also pointed to the upcoming International Quds Day occasion. 

Every year, the occasion falls on the last Friday of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. It has been so named by the late founder of the Islamic Republic in Iran, Imam Khomeini. He has obliged Muslims around the world to rise in demonstration on the occasion in support of the Palestinian cause of liberation from Israeli occupation and aggression.

The especial timing of the International Quds Day, al-Houthi said, indicates that liberation of the holy occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds from Israeli occupation “is a responsibility and part of Muslims' religious obligations.”

Houthi called his movement an extension of the axis of resistance that has al-Quds’ liberation as its ultimate goal.

The Houthi leader also identified boycott of American and Israeli products as “an effective instrument” that could be deployed in support of the Palestinian cause. “Any observant person should join” this campaign, he added.

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