Ayatollah Abolghasem Yaghoubi, Khamenei's representative in Iran's Northern Khorasan Province, said in a May 31, 2019 Friday sermon he delivered in honor of Quds Day in Bojnurd, Iran that Ali Ibn Abi Talib had referred to the Jews – and in particular the Zionist Jews – as the worst enemy of the Muslims, and he said that international Zionism is the Muslims' primary enemy. He explained that the English and the colonialists had conspired to place the Zionists' "illegitimate child" in the heart of the Islamic world and that the Zionists manipulate America. Ayatollah Yaghoubi also said that the "Arab reactionaries" that are reaching out to Israel is also the enemy of the Muslims, explaining that they are the puppets of the Jews. The speech aired on Khorasan Shomali TV (Iran).
Abolghasem Yaghoubi: "The very last statement in the will of Emir of the Believers [Ali Ibn Abi Talib], which was made as he was on his deathbed, was: 'Oh Muslims, the worst, most stubborn and most grudge-filled of your enemies are the Jews – particularly the Zionist Jews.' They became a party and a political organization, and that's how the cancerous growth in the heart of the Islamic countries was created. This was a conspiracy by England and the colonialists to place this illegitimate child at the heart of the Islamic countries, and today it has become a source of trouble for the world of Islam.
"Today, our primary enemy is international Zionism. In fact, the Zionists manipulate America. The Zionists are behind the scenes in American policy.
"Our enemy's friend is our enemy. The Arab reactionaries who are reaching out a friendly hand to the Zionists are our enemies.
"Today, the Iranian people across Islamic Iran, and the Islamic nation across the Islamic world, are aiming their weapons at their primary enemy – international Zionism. Why? Because today, Jerusalem is not only in the hands of Zionists. This plundering occupation is backed by the criminal colonialist countries. England and the Europeans that support the Zionists are also, in a certain way, the enemies of the Islamic nation. America, which has publicly extended a brotherly hand to Zionism, is the enemy of the Muslims.
"Even those who rule next to God's house [in Mecca], who print copies of the Quran, who pray, and who give the people of the world an opportunity to pray there – they are also the enemies of Islam and the Muslims, because they are the puppets of the worst people in enmity [towards the Muslims]."