Iran’s ruler Ali Khamenei during a meeting with a group of Iranian students in Tehran on November 1, 2023

Iran’s Khamenei Calls For Blockade Of Israel

Wednesday, 11/01/2023

Iran's Supreme Leader has called on Muslim states to cease oil, food and goods exports to Israel to make it stop bombing Gaza following the October 7 Hamas attack.

Ali Khamenei made the remarks during a speech on Wednesday stating, "The bombings on Gaza must stop immediately ... the path of oil and food exports to the Zionist regime should be blocked."

Israel seeks to wipe out Tehran-backed Hamas, which rules Gaza, in retaliation for the terror attack last month that killed 1,400 people and saw more than 200 hundred taken hostage. The Israeli military has launched a retaliatory campaign that extended to a ground offensive last week. Hamas authorities in Gaza say more than 8,000 people have been killed, but the figure is not independently confirmed and can be part of the Islamist group’s psychological warfare.

"Muslim states must not cooperate economically with the Zionist regime, but denounce these catastrophes and crimes vociferously and without hesitation in all international forums. The scale and circumstances of what is going on must be clarified. The Zionist regime must be condemned, and the entire Muslim world must be mobilized against it,” Iran's authoritarian ruler added.

Iranian regime officials have repeatedly warned Israel of an escalation if it failed to end attacks against Gaza, threatening that Tehran’s proxies in the Middle East were ready to act. Attacks by Iran-backed militia groups in Iraq and Syria have increased against the bases hosting US forces in Iraq and Syria, while Hezbollah from Lebanon and Houthis from Yemen have also increased their missile launches against Israeli targets. The US military said Tuesday that over two dozen attacks were launched against its bases.

Khamenei repeated his customary rhetoric that the United States was complicit in Israel's "recent crimes against Palestinians".

"If it weren't for America's support and its military backing, the corrupt, fraudulent, and deceitful Zionist regime would have collapsed in the very first week” of Operation al-Aqsa Flood (Storm in Persian), the codename for Hamas’s multi-thronged surprise attack on Israel.

"The Islamic world should not forget that in the crucial issue of Gaza, those standing against the oppressed Palestinian nation were the United States, France and Britain," Khamenei said to chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to America".

He defended the slogans and said, "Today, mass demonstrations are taking place even in the streets of the United States and Western countries, protesting against Israel and, in many cases, against the United States.”

British newspaper The Times revealed last week that Tehran is behind the protests as it tries to escalate tensions against its archenemy Israel amidst its war with Hamas. The demonstrations have also raised serious questions about the UK’s dealings with extremism in a year when the UK’s top security and political chiefs admitted that Iran remains one of the UK’s biggest threats.

Referring to reports about Iran’s involvement in stirring up unrest in the several countries through Gaza protests, Khamenei said that attributing the rallies to Iran is out of desperation, quipping that “perhaps these gatherings are the work of the London Basij and the Paris Basij!" Basij is the paramilitary volunteer-based wing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards that organizes regime-sponsored rallies in Iran in line with the Islamic Republic’s policies and propaganda.

Khamenei's decision to publicly respond to these charges is interesting and shows his sensitivity to being accused of fomenting unrest in the West.

The octogenarian ruler intentionally ignored the fact that the Islamic Republic has several such bases in Europe that operate under the guise of Islamic centers and mosques and are directly run by representatives of Khamenei. Since earlier this year, at least two of these centers in German cities of Hamburg and Frankfurt as well as another one in the UK have been under scrutiny for their links to the regime and holding events to radicalize Muslims.

Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognize, has long accused Iran's clerical rulers of stoking violence by supplying arms to Hamas, controlling the Gaza Strip and to militants in Syria and Lebanon. Tehran says it gives moral and financial as well as logistical support to these groups.

"One of the shameless acts of the West is accusing Palestinian fighters of terrorism," Khamenei said, despite clear evidence that the latest Hamas invasion of Israel was designed to kill as many civilians as possible.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who is in Turkey to discuss the Hamas-Israel war in Gaza, reiterated threats of escalating the conflict unless Israel halts its offensive. During a Wednesday press conference with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan, he said that if the war goes on, the resistance forces – regime's term for its regional proxies – will decide on another surprise attack.

Also on Wednesday, Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi described the attacks against US targets in Syria and Iraq as a natural reaction to Washington’s support for Israel in the war against Hamas. “Israel carries out these crimes in Gaza with the green light of the United States,” he said, stating that Muslims are concerned, and Americans may be targeted by whoever that deem the US as the main culprit. He claimed that such attacks are unrelated to Iran.

Updated and completed at 14:00 GMT

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