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Fourth Conference; Tehran, March 4-5, 2009

The fourth international conference in support of Palestine, with the motto of “Palestine, Symbol of Resistance; Gaza, Victim of Crime”, was held in Tehran on March 4-5, 2009 when the 8th parliament of Iran was in its first year in office. The event followed the Palestinians’ 22-day resistance against the Zionist regime’s brutalities in Gaza.

Presided over by Majlis speaker Ali Larijani, the two-day Conference was attended by a large number of parliamentary speakers and MPs, leaders and representatives of different Palestinian groups and resistance movement, international lawyers and other officials and activists from more than 80 countries. Three committees – Resistance Legal and Judicial Issues, Resistance and Sharia, Resistance and Political Issues – discussed the issue of resistance from the legal, sharia and political perspectives. Muslim, Jewish and Christian scholars and pundits sat at the committees.

Like the previous ones, the Fourth Conference also kicked off with a speech by the Supreme Leader.

Referring to Israel’s heavy and embarrassing political and military defeat in the 33-day war on Lebanon and also in the 22-day war in Gaza, Ayatollah Khamenei said resistance and steadfastness were the only way to salvage Palestine.

Ayatollah Khamenei underscored the need for putting criminal Zionist rulers on trial, saying: “Iran’s solution for the settlement of the issue of Palestine is holding a referendum in which all Muslims, Christians and Jews living in the occupied lands as well as Palestinian refugees would partake so that within the framework of a democratic process, a system favored by the Palestinian nation will be chosen and established.”

In another part of his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei said the United Nations Security Council’s treatment of the issue of Palestine was scandalous.

Concluding his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei said reconstruction of Gaza was the most urgent matter in Palestine. “The Hamas government, which is elected by the absolute majority of Palestinians and whose epic resistance in Gaza marks the most brilliant spot in the century-old history of the Palestinian territory, must be the center of all activities related to Gaza reconstruction. It would be appropriate that Egyptian brethren open the way so that all Muslim countries and nations would fulfill their obligations in this regard.”

After Ayatollah Khamenei’s inaugural speech, followed by a speech by then president, the Conference started work. After two days of exchanging views, the participants agreed on the 27-point Tehran Declaration as the closing statement of the Conference.

In this Declaration, the issue of Palestine was referred to as the main issue in the Muslim community and the international community was demanded to urgently take necessary action for bringing an end to the three-year-old unjust siege on Gaza and the reopening of ground, air and maritime routes.

The participants in the Conference paid homage to Imam Khomeini and heaped praise on Ayatollah Khamenei for his jihadi, exalted and pro-Palestine spirit, and called for the registration of his speech as an official document of the Conference.

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