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Palestine Is the Main Issue of Muslim World

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei says the Palestinian cause is among the main issues of the Muslim world and added, “In the Palestinian issue, the three incidents of ‘land occupation’, ‘mass expulsion of millions of people’ and ‘massacre and horrible crime against humanity’ occurred.”

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during a meeting with participants in the 13th Session of the Parliamentary Union of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

The below is the full speech:

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem Al-Mustafa Muhammad, and upon his chosen companions—and upon those who follow them in goodness until day of Judgment.
You are very welcome dear brothers, dear sisters! Here you are among your brothers and in your own home. I hope that God will help you all and lead you; so you can, by God’s grace, finish the great task you have initiated.
The collection of Islamic countries’ assemblies, which has lived for a quarter of a century now, plays a significant role: firstly, you, the assembly heads and officials, presiding over the members of the Islamic countries’ assemblies are representatives of your nations; this is an important point. Secondly, you do not have the limits of diplomacy that the states have; on the other hand, you can express, with more clarity and more serious positions, the needs of your people and the Muslim Ummah [Muslim nation or community] within the world of Islam.

I believe it is necessary to use this important position for shedding light on religious and historical duties. We have a great religious duty towards the Islamic Ummah, all of us, all those who have a place in the Islamic world. All of us have religious duties: that is, Islam, the religion, requires us to perform certain duties; we should carry these out first. Secondly, we have a historical duty. Today, the world is undergoing significant changes. It is as if the whole world is expectant of great change, not just the Asian region, or Africa, or West Asia in particular; but, changes are taking place around the entire world; we must play a role in these changes. The Islamic world has been hit hard for a while: it was torn apart during the aftermath of the First World War; and those who were not qualified, at all, dominated Islamic countries in Western Asia and North Africa for no reason–without any merit. Its [invasion/colonization by western nations] long-term effects stained the Muslim world, and its negative consequences persists. We should not allow such incidents, such experiences, to be repeated.

There are important topics on the agenda of this conference; and I will refer to some of them later on. But some important issues have been neglected and can be taken into consideration: issues regarding Yemen and Bahrain are very important issues; these issues reveal serious and deep wounds to the body of the Islamic Ummah; and these wounds must be healed. Well, the question of Myanmar is raised, the issue of Kashmir is raised. My advice to our believing Muslim brothers and sisters is that, when considering fundamental issues of the Islamic world, we should be explicit on vital issues regarding the Islamic world. If we are explicit, we can ignite meaningful trends across the world. We must initiate meaningful trends that shape the world’s public opinion and opinions of world elites’. There are facts: allow these facts be heard; influence public opinion among the people of the world; do not let them ignore you; do not allow important issues of the Muslim World fade into the conspiracy of silence. Under the pressure of controversies over unimportant or fake issues, the main issues of the Islamic world should not be ignored.

We should not allow this dangerous and horrendous Western propagandistic empire, which is largely in the hands of the Zionists, ignore these important issues of the Islamic world. I now refer to some of them: the issue of Palestine is one of the most important issues or the most important issue of the Islamic world; the pressures on the Palestinian people and the troubles they go through are almost completely ignored. It seems to me that the Western Zionist media empire can be defeated; it is possible to make this a reality; if we all try, we can accomplish this. The defeat of the Zionists during the soft war is possible, just as the Zionists were defeated in the hard war.  As you saw, the Zionist regime was defeated. In Lebanon, the Zionist regime was forced to retreat: it was forced to admit its failure, while everyone thought it was an invincible regime. In the soft war, also, the Zionist regime and their agents can be defeated.
There are a number of critical issues that I will refer to, which, of course, all exists on the agenda of this conference. One of these topics is in regards Palestine: the question of Palestine must not be overlooked for a second; the issue of Palestine is an extremely important issue. What has happened in Palestine in the past seventy or eighty years is, I think, unprecedented throughout history. As far as we know, such a thing has never happened anywhere: not in our own time; neither in times close to our era; nor in any period of history. What is this event? The event is that they created three incidents for one nation. They first occupied their land and usurped it; well, in some other places around the world, lands had been occupied by foreigners, this is not unprecedented; however, besides this occupation, there was a mass exile. Millions of Palestinians are living in exile today, expelled from their own homes and from their own cities and country. They are displaced and far away from home, they are not allowed to go back; this was number two: a mass exile of millions of people.

Thirdly, these two incidents happened alongside events of mass murder; a large number of people