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Tehran - Iran Leader Calls Israel 'Rabid Dog', Urges Arms For Palestinians

Published on: July 29, 2014 08:08 AM
By: Reuters
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Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei (R) leading the Eid Al-Fitr-prayers marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, in Tehran, Iran, 29 July 2014.  EPA/IRAN SUPREME LEADER OFFICIAL WEBSITE  HANDOUTTehran - Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a “rabid dog” for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.

About 1,087 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed in 22 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. As well as 53 Israeli soldiers killed, three civilians have died as a result of Palestinian shelling.

In a speech marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Khamenei criticized the United States and European countries for what he said were their efforts to limit the military capacity of Palestinian fighters in the enclave.

Of Israel, he said: “This rabid dog, this rapacious wolf, has attacked innocent people and humanity must show a reaction. This is genocide, a catastrophe of historical scale.”

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“They have been pounding innocent people day and night and these men women and children are defending themselves with minimum means, and now Americans and Europeans want to take even that away ... so that those merciless beasts could pound without qualm.”

Khamenei denounced what he said was a ruling by U.S. President Barack Obama to disarm Palestinians - an apparent reference to U.S. opposition to efforts by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, to obtain weapons such as missiles and rockets. Washington views Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Khamenei said Iran took the opposite view about arming Palestinians.

“Everyone, whoever has the means, especially in the Islamic world, they should do what they can to arm the Palestinian nation ... the Zionist regime deeply regrets starting this (war) but has no way out.”

Israel launched its offensive on July 8 with the aim of halting rocket attacks by Hamas and its allies. It later ordered a land invasion to find and destroy the warren of Hamas tunnels that criss-crosses the border area.

Tehran is at loggerheads with Western powers on a range of foreign policy issues including its nuclear program and its support for Hamas, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and the Lebanese Shi’ite militant movement Hezbollah.

Khamenei’s speech to a crowd of hundreds of thousands in Tehran was broadcast live on state television. Khamenei was accompanied by senior government officials.



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 Jul 29, 2014 at 08:36 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

Tell khomeini to crawl back under the rock he came out from, or better yet let him show solidarity with the palestinians and travel there , hopefully one of the Israeli missiles will finally split this dogs head open once and for all .

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 Jul 29, 2014 at 08:48 AM Benny Says:

The article should say
" Iran’s supreme rabid dog Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday to his dogs..."
It would read better.

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 Jul 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM PatersonMan Says:

Headline: MAN (=Iran) bites DOG (=Israel); MAN DIES!

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