May 05, 2021 15:05 UTC
  • Palestinian intifada changing from stone throwing to rocket launching, ready to uproot oppressors: Baqeri

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said the Palestinian intifada (uprising) is ready more than ever to uproot occupiers with the support of the resistance front and the Islamic world.

“We warn the Zionist regime, which has recently suffered the bitter and deadly blows of the resistance front and the powerful Palestinian intifada, … that the [current] intifada, which has evolved from 'stone' [throwing] to 'rocket' [launching] and is on the verge of 'deterrence', is ready more than ever to uproot the occupiers with the help of the resistance front and the Islamic Ummah,” said the commander.

He made the remarks in a Wednesday message to mark the upcoming World Quds Day, the last Friday of the blessed month of Ramadan, which was designated by the late founder of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 to express support for and solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Baqeri said that World Quds Day was a big test to prove support for the oppressed Palestinian nation and disavowal from the oppressors incarnate that is the “criminal America and usurper Israel.”

A durable legacy and a strategic initiative by Imam Khomeini, Baqeri said, World Quds Day has been regarded as “one of the most important and influential events in the course of resistance and fight of the Muslim and oppressed people of Palestine against oppression, crime and occupation."

The event "has managed to form the global anti-Zionist movement and an awakening front in the regional and international arena through mobilizing and unifying power in the Islamic world,” he added.

The senior commander called into question Western countries’ claim of advocating human rights as they stood silent on the crimes against the Palestinian nation, asking, “Which global institution or power is responsible for responding to the myriad list of massacres, warmongering, bombings and other crimes in the Islamic world, especially in the occupied territories?”

“Today, the world monitors, counts and provides media coverage of … the number of coronavirus victims around the world, but no one asks who is responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of those killed, held captive or gone missing from Palestine and other countries where the United States, Europe and the Zionist regime are waging war. And why are they indifferent to the oppression of the Palestinian people and the restoration of their rights, (while) on the contrary, they openly and brazenly support the Zionist aggressors,” he added.

He also took to task the US for helping normalization agreements between Israel and certain Arab countries, and said the scheme will fail like other conspiracies, including the so-called “Greater Middle East” (West Asia).   

This year’s World Quds Day falls on May 7 and coincides with Israeli regime's ongoing escalated acts of aggression against Palestinians in the occupied territories.

In its latest surge of violence against Palestinians, Zionist forces have intensified the demolition of Palestinian homes and structures in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of al-Quds to make way for a new illegal settlement in the area under an Israeli court ruling.

Israeli forces and illegal Zionist settlers are trying to force the Palestinians to abandon their residences in that area, attacking their homes there, with several people having sustained injuries and several others arrested as a result.

The armed wing of the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has warned the illegal Zionist entity over its attacks against Palestinian residents in the occupied city, saying Israel will pay a “heavy price” for its actions.

“The Qassam Brigades will not stand idly by in the face of attacks on the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood,” Mohammed Deif, the brigades commander, said in a written statement on Tuesday night. “They will pay a heavy price if the aggression against our people in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood does not stop immediately,” he added.