In Preparation for Confronting Israel
Following the strikes on the Gaza strip in Palestine, once again locations in Iran are witnessing volunteer registrations for suicide operations against Israel.
Jame Rohaniyate Mobarez (Association of Militant Clergy, AMC), the key forum of conservative clerics in Iran, announced yesterday through a long Internet message its readiness to fight with Israel, and referenced the message to a call from the supreme leader of the country. The reference is to ayatollah Khamenei’s strongest ever message on Sunday in which he said, in response to Israel’s strikes at Gaza, after announcing two days of morning, “All pious people of the Islamic world have a duty to defend the women, children and defenseless people of Gaza and anyone who dies in this justifiable and holly defense is proclaimed a martyr.”
In addition to the AMC, Ali-Reza Zahedi, a leadership member of student para-military group Basij also announced that it was registering students in its suicide stations at universities across the nation. Fars news agency too announced that 271 students from Amir Kabir University had already registered to engage in suicide operations against the Zionist regime. Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency (IRNA) too quoted yesterday a leadership member of the Student Islamic Association that some 7,000 of its students in Isfahan had registered themselves for suicide missions.
In a related news, Ali Motahari, the son of the MP in Tehran spoke on Sunday about a “direct war with Israel”, while other military and political officials of the Islamic Republic joined in the call. Speaking at a rally in Tehran in support of the people of Palestine yesterday, Abdullah Araghi, commander of the Mohammad Rasoolallah brigade of the Passdaran Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) of the greater Tehran area told Fars news agency that there was a large pool of Basij volunteers (to fight with Israel) “to fight along with the innocent people of Palestine and liberate Palestine”.
Also, General Mirfeisal Bagherzadeh, the head of the Foundation for the Preservation and Dissemination of the Values of the Holly Defense (a group advancing the ideals of the 8-year Iran-Iraq war) told Fars news agency, “The most important task is to provide military assistance to the defenseless people of Gaza and the time is now come for Islamic countries to put the military option on their agenda.”
The naval wing of the IRGC too issued a statement on the subject in which it condemned “the crimes of the usurper Zionist regime” and wrote, “Freedom loving people of the world and the innocent people of Palestine will not leave the crimes of Israel unanswered.”
In addition to the reactions of military authorities, some political personalities too joined those protesting Israel’s military strikes against Gaza. The secretary of Iran’s State Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezai said, “If there were no political considerations in place and my presence was in the interest of Palestinians, I would have resigned from all my government posts and I would have gone to Gaza in 48 hours and would have carried out jihad in the name of God.”
In addition to these, a number of other agencies and organizations announced their readiness to fight with Israel. According to Shahab News website, at the end of a joint session of a meeting of the provincial planning and deputy administrators from the Ministry of Islamic Guidance on Monday issued a statement in which they announced their readiness to give their life for “the holly defense of the innocent people of Gaza”.