Supreme Leader’s Speech at International Conference on Palestinian Intifada01/10/2011
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, theMerciful
As-Salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahAll praise is due to Allah, the Lord of theWorlds, and peace and greetings upon our Master, Muhammad, and upon his immaculatehousehold and chosen companions and uponthose who follow them appropriately until theDay of Judgment.Allah the All-Wise said: "Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom war ismade because they are oppressed and most surely Allah is well able to assist them.Those who have been expelled from their homes without a just cause only becausethey say our Lord is Allah. And had there not been Allah's repelling some people byothers, certainly there would have been pulled down cloisters and churches andsynagogues and mosques in which Allah's name is much remembered. And surelyAllah will help him who helps His cause. Most surely Allah is Strong, Mighty." [TheHoly Quran, Sura al-Hajj, Ayahs 39-40]I would like to welcome the all dear guests and the honorable audience. Among all theissues that deserve to be discussed by religious and political figures from across theworld of Islam, the issue of Palestine enjoys special importance. Palestine is the primary issue among all common issues of Islamic countries. This issue has uniquecharacteristics.The first characteristic is that a Muslim country has been taken away from its peopleand entrusted to foreigners who have come together from different countries andformed a fake and mosaic-like society.The second characteristic is that this historically unprecedented event has beenaccompanied by constant killings, crimes, oppression and humiliation.The third characteristic is that Muslims' original qiblah and many respected religiouscenters which exist in that country have been threatened with destruction, sacrilegeand decline.The fourth characteristic is that at the most sensitive spot of the world of Islam, thisfake government and society has played the role of a military, security and political base for the arrogant governments since the beginning up until today. And the pivot of the colonialist west - which has been opposed to the unity, development and progressof Islamic countries for various reasons - has always used it like a dagger in the heartof the Islamic Ummah.The fifth characteristic is that Zionism - which is a great ethical, political andeconomic threat to the human community - has used this foothold as a tool andstepping stone to spread its influence and hegemony in the world.