Iran leader calls on Muslims to hit Israel 'in face' over Gaza op
Ayatollah Khamenei blames U.S. for Gaza violence; protests against IDF offensive erupt across W. Bank, Lebanon and Jordan.
Iran's supreme leader on Sunday called on Muslims to rise up and their leaders to hit Israel "in the face with their nations' anger" over the Israel Defense Forces' offensive in Gaza that has killed more than 100 Palestinians in less than a week.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also blamed Iran's other arch foe, the United States, for the violence in Gaza.
"It is with the support of that [the U.S.] oppressive government that the Zionists [Israel] are committing these unforgivable sins with impudence," a statement read out on state television quoted him as saying.
"The Islamic (people) must rise and the Islamic leaders must hit the occupying regime in the face with their nations' anger," Khamenei's statement said.
Violent protests erupted in West Bank communities around Jerusalem, as Palestinians in Atarot, Har Adar and Qalandia began throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at IDF troops in the region.
Schools and shops across the West Bank shut down on Sunday to protest the Gaza violence, and spontaneous demonstrations took place throughout the territory at traditional flashpoints between Israeli troops and Palestinian youths, like checkpoints, watchtowers and patrol routes.
Later in Hebron, about 2,000 angry Hamas supporters marched through the city streets, waving copies of the Quran and green Hamas flags. "Revenge. Revenge. Retaliate in Tel Aviv," the crowd chanted.
The protest was uninterrupted by Palestinian security forces, who have previously violently broke up Hamas rallies in Hebron.
Some accused Abbas of being an Israeli agent, and protesters threw stones and cars, burned tires and forced shopkeepers to close their stores.
In Ramallah, home to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' government, thousands of schoolchildren demonstrated against Israel.
The attacks, which Israel says are in response to Palestinian rocket attacks, have caused fury in the Arab street, with demonstrations Saturday in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
Hezbollah demonstrates near border
Hundreds of Hezbollah supporters gathered Sunday at a border fence separating Lebanon and Israel to protest the attacks in Gaza.
Up to 1,000 supporters carrying Lebanese and Palestinian flags took part in the demonstration at the Fatima Gate border point in the southern Lebanese village of Kfar Kila across from Israeli outposts on the other side.
"Death to Israel," some of them shouted. Others carried banners that read in Arabic: "The blood of our sons in Palestine will not be in vain."
Around 2,000 people from various Palestinian groups, including officials of the rival Hamas and Fatah factions - marched at the refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh near the Lebanese port city of Sidon.
Children carried dolls representing the children of Gaza while other protesters carried pictures of the dead and wounded.
Tens of thousands protest in Jordan
Crying for revenge with suicide attacks, thousands of Jordanians marched in the capital of the pro-U.S. kingdom on Sunday to protest against the
About 10,000 protesters, mainly from Jordan's mainstream Muslim Brotherhood and smaller opposition groups, took to the streets in one of the country's most vocal and largest anti-Israeli demonstrations in recent years.
"O Hamas, O Hamas, bring the suicide bombers ... Victory to Hamas and defeat to the Jews and Americans," chanted the crowds, who called on the Islamist militant group to resume suicide attacks and intensify rocket strikes against Israel.
The Gaza attacks have been denounced by many Arab governments, including Lebanon, the Gulf countries, Egypt and Jordan, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has described them as a holocaust against the Palestinian people.