TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that the Mideast conflict should be resolved through a popular referendum among "all real Palestinians, including Muslims, Jews and Christians" who trace their roots back to before the creation of Israel.
"To define Palestine’s destiny, original Palestinians—those who lived in Palestine over 100 years ago, Muslims, Jews and Christians—inside and outside occupied territories, will be polled: whatever they decide will happen. Is this a bad proposal? Does Europe not want to understand it?” the Leader said Sunday.
"The Islamic Republic plays rationally in all issues. On the issue of the Zionist regime, Gamal Abdel Nasser would say 'we will throw the Jews in the sea'. The Islamic Republic has never said anything like that since its inception,” he added.
In his meeting with a group of university professors and scholars, Ayatollah Khamenei called Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu a "criminal" who had "lied" to European leaders by saying that Iran wanted to annihilate Jews.
"Now imagine the most cruel person of our time, the child-murderer prime minister of the Zionist regime goes to Europe and plays innocent, saying Iran wants to destroy them."
The occupying regime of Israel, he said, is the worst of tyrants of all time, with Europe remaining silent in the face of atrocities committed by Tel Aviv in Gaza and Jerusalem Al-Quds.
Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran has the most number of enemies among despotic governments and worthless powers, and at the same time, it has the most number of supporters among the masses in many countries.
"No other country is as popular and dignified as the Islamic Republic is among so many countries, including neighboring countries and beyond. As a result, it has determined and evil enemies."
Iran is home to the largest Jewish community in the Middle East outside Occupied Palestine, and has a number of synagogues and popular shrines. The Jewish community has a representative in Iran's parliament.
The Leader said the Zionists "are truly pioneers in oppression and cruelty throughout history”, adding their European supporters listen and shake their heads, without mentioning their crimes in Gaza and Al-Quds.
Ayatollah Khamenei called universities "very important centers for strengthening the country's wisdom” where professors play a crucial role in strengthening this wisdom.
He said Iranian universities should deal with the country’s problems and important challenges, and focus on the cultural, ethical, and identical education of students. The Leader also called for constant evolution and improvement in the universities.
"We must change the approach of consuming knowledge to an approach of producing knowledge. Till when are we going to be consumers of others' knowledge? We are not embarrassed to learn from a knowledgeable person, but learning is different from imitating,” the Leader said.
"Experimental sciences, the results of which can be tested in laboratories, are day after day revealed to be mistaken. Then, what do you expect from the humanities? How much contradiction exists in economy, philosophy, management and other sciences?" he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said in the same way that we consume knowledge produced by others we use their product, but this is untenable.
"Sometimes others' knowledge is not transferred appropriately, sometimes the best part is not transferred, sometimes updated or new knowledge is not provided. These things have happened during the Pahlavi regime several times. Hence, we must produce our own knowledge."