TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani warned the West that its support for Israel will backfire.
As millions of Iranians rallied on the International Qods Day, Rafsanjani said supporting Israel was dangerous and that the US, Britain and France will “put themselves in trouble”.
The powerful politician warned supporters at the rally, which is held every year on the last Friday of Ramadan, that Israel could take “tougher and more offensive action” than the US against Iran and the Arab world.
Qods Day was started by the late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, as a way of expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and underscoring importance of Qods to Muslims.
Rafsanjani also said that the Qods (Jerusalem) issue is of great significance in the context of Palestine crisis, adding, “It is still the most acute, most vital, and most pivotal issue of Islamic world, and probably international community.”
He further stressed in his day’s first sermon, “Among the other lingering and great world events, you can trace no other nation that has suffered as much pains and injustice as the Palestinian nation for almost an entire century.”
Rafsanjani said that the reflection of the Iranian nation’s rallies on the International Qods day is very noticeable in the world, adding, “Alert and broad presence of the Iranian nation at International Qods Day rallies is quite effective in attitude change towards Palestine in the world, and the issue is becoming a grassroot move in Islamic countries.”
He thanked God that the Palestinians have finally sought the right path towards liberation of their land, that is none, but sticking to Islam, that has led to praiseworthy results.
Rafsanjani said that the main criminal in the Palestinian issue is Britain, that provided the Zionists with administrative system and military facilities initially, increasing their power to a level that was above the Muslims’ powers in the vicinity of the occupied Palestine.
On United Nation’s role in creation of catastrophe in Palestine, he said, “That the international organ has no pride, and shoulders heavy responsibility due to its negative conduct over the issue. The United Nation’s first crime was official division of Palestine, which is a hypocritical move presented as a solution.”
Rafsanjani said that the other nasty moves of the UN included issuance of useless, non-abiding resolutions in favor of both the Palestinians and the Israelis, never pursuing their implementation.
He reiterated, “No country in the world has breached as many UN resolutions as Israel has so far, while facing no punishment.”
The chairman of Expediency Council said, “The UN has recently been issuing unjust resolutions against Iran, too, which are dealt with wisely by Tehran.”
Rafsanjani said that the third source of corruption in occupied Palestine case is the United States, adding, “Relying on the credit it had gained in World War II, that country opened a very ugly file for itself in the world history, a part of which was providing Israel with military nuclear technology.”
He said that France, too, was responsible in turning Israel into a nuclear power, by designing the heavy water reactor of that regime, that can produce some 60 kilograms of plutonium, enough to manufacture seven to eight nuclear bombs each year.
Rafsanjani said the other corruption center in Palestine case was the Arab and Islamic countries, that did not at the beginning make any serious effort to block the path of the poisonous fountain.
Millions of Iranians rallied in cities across the country to protest against Israel’s occupation and annexation of East Jerusalem.
Rallies were also held all throughout the Muslim world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and the besieged Gaza Strip, to mark the Qods Day.
In the Syrian capital of Damascus, thousands of people gathered at the Yarmouk refugee camp carrying Palestinian flags and anti-Israeli banners.
The rally was attended by several officials from Syria-based Palestinian factions such as Ahmed Jibril, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General-Command.
“This day is a day of popular anger in the Arab and Islamic nations. It is directed toward all those who are colluding against Palestine and Beitol-Moghaddas (Jerusalem),” Jibril said.
“Qods is being destroyed and Judaized every day while Israeli flags fly in their capitals.”
Israel, meanwhile, imposed tighter security measures inside Beitol-Moghaddas and the Old City on Friday.
Thousands of Israeli police were deployed in the vicinity of the al-Aqsa Compound, which houses the al-Aqsa as well as crossings leading to it.
Thousands of Palestinians were expected to converge on the compound from other parts of the West Bank in an attempt to pray there.