Hamas leader calls to drive all Jews out of Israel

Iran has distanced itself from Hamas in recent years as Hamas did not support the Assad regime in Syria. Iran has concentrated more efforts on funding Islamic Jihad and other Gaza groups, and Hamas has been scrambling to make up for the lost cash by raising Gaza taxes and other means.

In what appears to be an attempt to repair the rift, top Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar has lavished praise on the late Ayatollah Khomeini for creating "Quds Day" on the last Friday of Ramadan, which is today,

Zahar told Iran's FARS news agency that a day dedicated to liberating Jerusalem from the Jews should not only be a single day every year, but it should happen every day, and Muslims must never forget Jerusalem for even a minute.

He then added, "Those with the proper priorities have driven out the Jews from Gaza in 2005, and inshallah they will remove them from Palestine and Jerusalem, God willing."

Zahar did not say "Israelis" or "Zionists," but "Jews."

It is notable that this interview was published in FARS, which is semi-official Iranian news agency. It indicates both that Iran is open to rapprochement with Hamas - and that antisemitism is part of Iran's policy, despite their denials.



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