Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump's Jerusalem move likely to spark 'new Intifada': Iran

Trump's Jerusalem move likely to spark 'new Intifada': Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday called on Palestinians and Muslims to "rise up" against what he described as a US "conspiracy" against the Islamic world.

Amid the controversy after Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned from Tehran on Wednesday that "Zionists" would be dealt a heavy blow if the city is recognised as the capital of Israel. "The Palestinians will be free, the people of Palestine will be victorious in the end", he added.

"That they claim they want to announce Jerusalem as the capital of occupied Palestine is due to their incompetence and failure", Khamenei told various Iranian officials according to his official website in comments reported by Reuters.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made a tweet in Arabic language stating that "al-Quds (Jerusalem) will remain Arabic and Islamic".

Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran expresses its full sympathy with the Palestinian people and once again underlines the main responsibility of the worldwide community, particularly the United Nations, to put an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the holy Quds and contribute to the Palestinians' efforts to achieve their basic rights.

He also hailed the Turkish president's initiative to hold an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul to discuss the Palestinian issue, saying Iran has accepted the invitation to attend the summit, Tasnim News Agency reported. "American government officials have said themselves that we have to start a war in the region to protect the security of the Zionist regime", Khamenei said.

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