“For more than seven decades, the US and certain European governments have been trying to expel (the Palestinian) nation from their home through money, use of force, and misinformation,” Hojatoleslam Raeisi said in a statement on Thursday ahead of the International Quds Day.
The International Quds Day, which falls on Friday, May 22 this year, is an annual worldwide event during which demonstrators express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the Zionist regime of Israel.
The day is seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially declared the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day back in 1979.
Raeisi added that only Palestinians “ have the right to decide for Palestine’s fate, and no bully power in the world can take this right away from them.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set July 1 for the start of cabinet discussions on extending Israeli appropriation to settlements in the West Bank and annexing the Jordan Valley.
Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds during the Six-Day War in 1967. It later annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international community.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.