Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Tehran to discuss ‘Zionist expansionism’, intifada

Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, Ramadan Shalah, met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in Tehran Sunday.

The delegation of the Islamic Jihad was pursuing ways to bolster the intifada against Israel.

The Islamic Jihad, which is active mainly in the Gaza Strip, has been declared a terror organization by a number of countries including Israel and the United States.

A statement from the Islamic Jihad said that the delegation would also meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Ali Shamkhani, chief of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

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Following the meeting with Khamenei, which was also attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the group said that “In these meetings, the parties discussed the current circumstances prevailing in the Islamic nation and especially the issue of Palestine and the ways to bolster the intifada in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem opposing the ‘Zionist expansionism.'”

Israel’s attempts to “Judaize al-Aqsa mosque” and the conditions in Gaza under the “Israeli blockade” were also discussed.

A photograph of Salah and Khamenei was posted to a twitter account associated with the Supreme leader Sunday afternoon.  The same account later posted a followup tweet which read “Defending #Palestine is symbol of defending #Islam.”

Salah, in a statement to the press hailed Iran’s support of the Palestinian people and charged other Arab nations with “indifference toward Palestine and its oppressed people.”