Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei spewed his anti-Israel propaganda at the onset of the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca this weekend.

As per MEMRI, Khamenei urged a global revolt against both Israel and the US on Saturday demanding the Arab world to reject Iran’s “executioners.”

“This disavowal must be evident in the words and actions of nations and governments, and it should restrict the maneuverability of the executioners and their supporters,” he said.

Khamenei’s comments echo his long pattern of exploiting the Hajj as a platform to voice hostilities. This time around, he invoked his predecessor Ruhollah Khomeini’s troublesome “Distancing from the infidels” mantra, which previously instigated tragic violence during the 1987 Hajj.

The Supreme Leader’s hateful statements come at a pivotal moment when Saudi-Israeli reconciliation is being earnestly discussed. Khamenei took thinly veiled swipes at Saudi Arabia, hoping the Kingdom would abandon any prospects of establishing ties with Israel after the Gaza war.

The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to the holiest city for Muslims. It is a mandatory religious duty for Arabs that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adults who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the long trip.

As faithful Muslims undertake their spiritual journey this year, Khamenei seems to prefer sowing discord and exporting the Islamic Republic’s oppressive fundamentalism instead.

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