In a video broadcast on Lebanon-based TV stations including Houthi-run Al-Masirah, Al-Houthi reaffirmed his group’s alignment with Iran’s “axis of resistance” against the U.S. and Israel
Abdulmalik Al-Houthi commemorates Quds Day with Hezbollah, other Iran-backed groups
The leader of the Houthis in Yemen, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, has joined his counterparts in Iran, Lebanon and Iraq this week in condemning Israel, America and their supporters on the occasion of “International Quds (Jerusalem in Arabic) Day,” an annual media and rhetorical festival celebrated on the last Friday of Ramadan.
International Quds Day was launched in 1979 by the founder of Iran’s Shiite revolution Ruhollah Khomeini.
In a video broadcast on Lebanon-based TV stations including Houthi-run Al-Masirah, Al-Houthi reaffirmed his group’s alignment with Iran’s “axis of resistance” against the U.S. and Israel.
"The World Jerusalem Day declared and called by Imam Khomeini is an important occasion that reminds the nation (referring to the broader Islamic nation) of its responsibility," Al-Houthi said. “It contributes to raising the awareness of the peoples of the nation about the Israeli threat, and provides an opportunity for a serious practical move toward the cleansing and liberation of the land of Palestine and the occupied territories, the restoration of the holy places and the rescue of the Palestinian people."
Accusing Arab regimes led by Saudi Arabia of normalizing relations with Israel, Al-Houthi called on the Islamic people to return to the Qur'an, boycott American and Israeli goods and confront them with the political chant known as “the scream”: “God is the greatest, death to America, death to Israel, damn the Jews, victory for Islam.”
Al-Houthi also praised the former commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. air strike in early January in Baghdad, for his role in fighting the U.S. and Israel.
The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah party, Hassan Nasrallah, echoed Al-Houthi in affirming his commitment to Iran’s leadership, mourning the loss of Soleimani and condemning Israel and America.
Nasrallah added that the liberation of Jerusalem is close due to "the rise of resistance forces, governments, states, factions, movements, peoples and elites in the Arab and Islamic world, in Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon."
Edited by Casey Coombs