0300 GMT December 18, 2017
Addressing the closing ceremony of the Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada (Uprising) in Tehran, Rouhani said the Palestinian issue has “pricked the international community’s conscience for 70 years” and revealed the “ineffectiveness of international organizations”.
He described the Palestinian Intifada as “the manifestation of resistance” against the Israeli occupation.
“The Palestinian Intifada is a kind of resistance for survival… It is the only remaining noble choice for a nation,” Rouhani stressed.
The president further warned about Israel’s “fear-mongering” against Palestinian resistance among Muslim and Arab nations.
Rouhani said the Israeli plot aims to turn nations supporting the Palestinian cause into allies opposing resistance.
The president urged vigilance among Muslim nations about such plots, calling on them to clarify their stance on “normalization of ties” with Israel.
The annual event was held with the motto of “Together Supporting Palestine”.
Around 700 foreign guests from 80 countries and representatives of pro-Palestinian organizations took part in the conference.
Earlier in the day, Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani also spoke at the forum, underlining the importance of resistance against Israeli occupation.
He said if Muslims and all those fighting the suppression “are looking toward the West, specifically the United States, to help the Palestinian cause, they are mistaken. It will never happen”.
The only way Palestinians will achieve liberation “is by putting their trust in God and continuing resistance,” Larijani added.
The Tehran conference opened on Tuesday with an address by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Ayatollah Khamenei called the issue of Palestine the top priority of the Muslim world and all freedom seekers and urged all-out support for Palestinian resistance.
Intifada points to large-scale Palestinian protests against Israel’s 1967 occupation of their territories of the West Bank and East Beit-ul-Moqaddas.