In Hajj message, Iran's leader castigates Israel and the US
  • 9 years ago
Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei denounced Israel and castigated the United States in a message to Hajj pilgrims on Wednesday.
Khamenei called Israeli activities at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem an "insult" to the holy site and among the "foremost" problems for Muslims.
Khamenei accused Israel of "trampling the lives and properties of the oppressed Palestinians."
As for the United States, he said its "evil policies" in the region "have resulted in war, bloodshed, destruction and displacement as well as poverty, backwardness and sectarian and religious rifts," according to Iran's Fars news agency.
The anti-US statements came as Iran held a military parade outside Tehran to showcase weapons including surface-to-surface missiles such as the solid-fuel Sejjil and the liquid-fuel Ghadr, both with a range of 2,000 kilometers .