The head of the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine says that Imam Khomeini’s movement has given meaning to the lives of Muslims worldwide and that only the Islamic Republic he founded firmly supports the Palestinian cause.
Ziad al-Nakhala, secretary-general of the Gaza-based resistance movement, made the remarks marking the 33rd anniversary of Imam Khomeini’s death on Friday.
“Imam [Khomeini]with his rise and presence, gave meaning to the lives of Muslims around the world… gave them hope that change is not only possible but also inevitable,” Nakhala said.
He said Imam Khomeini’s movement has changed global equations, empowering people to confront the forces of evil around the world, particularly in Palestine, where people struggle daily against the Israeli regime’s occupation and oppression.
“Only the Islamic Republic stands firm in defending and supporting the Palestinian people and their resistance while demanding the liberation of al-Qud and Palestine,” the Palestinian leader added.
In 1979, Imam Khomeini led a revolution that overthrew the US-backed monarchy of Iran and established the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The movement of Imam Khomeini, who died on June 3, 1989, inspired people from all walks of life around the world to rise up against oppressors in their countries and fight against colonial powers.
“Imam Khomeini’s revolution still flourishes around the globe”
“He liberated Muslims and the weak from the terror of the great powers,” Nakhala said. “Imam [Khomeini] has proved with his revolution that the great colonial powers can be broken, forced to retreat and defeated.”
He has “become a great symbol for all men who make history, and his revolution will continue to take on deeper dimensions the more we study it and delve into it.”
The Islamic Revolution is still thriving around the world, from Iran to Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, according to Nakhala.
“The Palestinian people today represent the most prominent model for confronting Zionist expansion, forcing their decline and occupying them in every point of Palestine,” he said.
“This would not have been possible without the bravery and resistance of the Palestinian people and without the political and material support of the Islamic Republic, which has not stopped for a single moment,” Nakhala added.