In a statement released on Saturday, Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi decried US President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Quds and said the move is in violation of the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions and all international regulations.
It has sparked a huge wave of hate and protest around the world, the statement read, adding that all Muslims and many freedom-seeking nations and political figures around the globe have strongly condemned the move.
“In this situation, all Muslims worldwide should unite because Quds is a ring that connects all of them,” the cleric said, adding that Muslims should stand against this act of aggression.
Trump officially declared the disputed city of al-Quds Israel’s capital, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.
In a speech at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said his administration would also begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.
The announcement was a major shift by Washington that overturns decades of US foreign policy.
Palestinian leaders had previously warned the move would threaten a two-state solution.
Israel has occupied East Quds since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.