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Islamic Scholars Gather to Discuss Destroying Israel

Some 700 Islamic scholars gathered in Beirut, Lebanon this week to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration with a conference discussing the future of the movement to destroy Israel and featuring a message from Iranian leadership to attendees to keep fighting the "Zionist regime," Arab media reported on Wednesday.

This was the second meeting of a group called the "International Union of Resistance Scholars," attended by Shia and Sunni clerics of 80 countries, including the head of Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, according to reports.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, wrote a letter to the congress, urging, "all individuals, who feel the importance of this great responsibility [of freeing Palestine], to continue different methods of fighting against the usurper Zionist Regime."

"Without a doubt, scholarly elites, clerics, and politicians, as well as the officials of Muslim countries carry the heavier part of this responsibility; this is a sacred and well-ending Resistance," wrote Khamenei.

He called it a "holy fight" with certain victory promised against the "enemy Zionist entity."

Khamenei tweeted further thoughts about the conference with the hashtag, in Arabic, #ZionistEntity.

Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of terror organization Hamas, spoke in Beirut to assure conference attendees that Israel has no future and that Hamas would continue to attack the country, according to reports.

This comes after Hamas was said to have moderated its stance on Israel when it dropped the call for Israel's elimination from its charter earlier this year.

"The Gaza Strip has turned into a symbol of resistance against the occupying regime," said Haniyeh.

Hamas has launched thousands of rockets and dug a network of "terror tunnels" into Israel from its Gaza base. The terror group has claimed its tunnel system is twice as large as the Viet Cong's during the Vietnam War, with some tunnels extending hundreds of meters into Israel.

Sheikh Maher Hamoud, the chairman of the Resistance Scholars, said the conference should "serve as a turning point to pave the way for liberation of Occupied Palestine and it will echo the voice of oppressed Palestinians worldwide."

"Just as the resistance succeeded in Lebanon and have conquered in Gaza several times so far, all of Israel's other plots against the Resistance are doomed to failure," said Hamoud.

Conference participants have reportedly come from as far as Malaysia and Nigeria.

Thursday marked 100 years since the British government issued the Balfour Declaration, its statement in support of establishing a "national home for the Jewish people" in Israel.

Palestinians and other anti-Israel activist have protested in the West Bank, London, and on college campuses, claiming Balfour was the beginning of Israeli "dispossession" of Palestinian land.