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Israel’s attack on al-Aqsa Mosque shows Zionists’ desperation: Iran

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)
Muslim worshippers clean up debris after Israeli forces stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds on April 15, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has denounced the Israeli regime’s attack at al-Aqsa Mosque, saying resistance is alive while the Zionists are in desperation. 

“Undoubtedly, the Zionist regime has become too weak to withstand the uprising of the Palestinian people and the resistance that created the epic of Operation al-Quds Sword,” Amir-Abdollahian said in a Friday phone call with Ismail Haniyeh, head of the political bureau of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

“Today, resistance is at its best situation while the Zionist terrorist regime is at its weakest position.”

He said the brazen attack was a result of the betrayal by certain Arab and Muslim countries of the Palestinian cause through normalizing ties with Israel.

More than 150 Palestinian worshipers were injured when Israeli forces stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds.

The Palestinian news agency Ma’an said the violence broke out at dawn on Friday, when the occupation forces raided the mosque through the Moroccan Gate, also known as the Mughrabi Gate, randomly firing sound bombs and rubber bullets at the worshipers.

Media reports said the Israeli troops also attacked paramedics and press crews, chased them in the courtyards of the mosque, and beat a number of them.

The top Iranian diplomat reiterated the Islamic Republic’s support for an independent Palestine, with East al-Quds as its capital. Amir-Abdollahian said he would continue diplomatic consultations with his counterparts from Muslim countries to bring an end to the Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians.

Haniyeh, for his part, expressed his appreciation for Iran’s support for the Palestinian cause.

He called for more diplomatic efforts by Muslim countries, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the UN Security Council to stop Israel.

Foreign Ministry slams Israel’s ‘shameless’ acts of violence in al-Quds

Also on Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the Israeli regime is blatantly violating human rights principles and the international law through committing crimes in al-Aqsa Mosque. He censured the Zionists’ “shameless” acts of violence at holy sites in Palestine and against the fasting people and worshipers at the mosque in the month of Ramadan.

The Iranian spokesman also said the regime will in no way change its behavior toward the Palestinians and keep committing crimes against the oppressed nation. “We are now witnessing the unbridled violence of this apartheid and racist regime.”

“Crimes of the Zionists against the oppressed Palestinian people show the deepening weakness of this occupying regime, which is only resorting to assaults on the defenseless worshipers to cover up its hollow power,” the Iranian official said.

Egypt and Jordan maintained full diplomatic relations with the occupying regime after signing peace treaties in 1979 and 1994, respectively. Four Arab countries – the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco – agreed to normalize relations with Israel under US-brokered agreements in 2020, when President Donald Trump was in office.

Spearheaded by the UAE, the move has sparked widespread condemnations from the Palestinians as well as nations and human rights advocates across the world, not least within the Muslim world.

Khatibzadeh also urged Muslim nations to support the al-Aqsa Mosque. He said the Israeli regime and its regional and international allies are responsible for the consequences of the Zionist measures in al-Quds and Palestine. The Iranian official called for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to candidly come out in support of the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Tel Aviv regime has stepped up its deadly acts of aggression across the Palestinian territories since the beginning of Ramadan, as a result of which Palestinians have put up a stronger resistance.

Some two dozen Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 22. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has already given Israeli forces a free hand to “defeat” what he brazenly labels “terror” in the occupied West Bank.

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