Iran Cancels Rallies, But Not Hate

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a cabinet meeting in Tehran. (Official Presidential website/Handout via Reuters)

Due to the coronavirus, Iran has called off its annual Death to Israel rallies in the capital, but that didn’t stop it from broadcasting hate messages on Tuesday.

Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli, a spokesperson for Iran’s judiciary, declared that every year, “on Quds day, we come closer to annihilation of Israel,” according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

“This year, the Quds day [on Friday] will further strengthen the Muslim people’s bonds with the oppressed Palestinians and will defeat the Great Satan, the criminal U.S, and its illegitimate creature,” he said.

On Monday, the Iranian parliament banned any cooperation with Israel, including the use of Israeli computer products, calling it an act against the faith.

The legislation also called for the establishment of a “virtual embassy in Palestine,” Fars said.

The anti-Israel, anti-U.S. demonstrations weren’t cancelled entirely. President Hassan Rouhani announced that the gatherings would be allowed in 218 cities considered low-risk for the coronavirus.

In Tehran, which is deemed high-risk, a “symbolic ceremony” will be performed with a motorcade supervised by the Revolutionary Guards.