Call for Large Quds Day Demos

Call for Large Quds Day Demos Call for Large Quds Day Demos

President Hassan Rouhani called for "glorious participation" of Muslims in worldwide rallies on Friday to commemorate International Quds Day.

"By great participation in the event, Muslims will send a message to the international community that despite the silence of some groups about the oppression against the people of Palestine, they will never forget al-Quds and the Palestinian nation," IRNA quoted the president as saying on Wednesday.

International Quds Day is the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan declared by the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as an international day of struggle against Israel and for the liberation of the al-Quds (Jerusalem) and other occupied Palestinian territories.   

"This is the day when Muslim nations, especially the Iranian nation, get the world to listen to the voice of a great nation who has been displaced from their homeland since 66 years ago," he noted, describing the displacement as a "strange" and "rare" historical event.  

In related remarks at a Tuesday meeting with a group of activists who campaign for the liberalization of al-Quds, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani called for consensus among Muslim countries to help resolve the Palestinian issue.

Describing the issue as a "focal point" in the Muslim world, he said, "Unless Muslim (nations) reach agreement on the Palestinian issue, they won't be able to achieve unanimity on any other problem."    

The speaker pointed to a proposal by Palestinian Ambassador to Tehran Salah Al Zawawi to hold a meeting with the presence of Shia and Sunni clerics as well as some regional states to discuss the situation in Palestine, saying such a meeting will help bring the minds of Muslim states, currently distracted by religious conflicts, to focus on the Palestinian problem.

Larijani said it is clear to all regional intellectuals that the Zionist regime is the product of an "international plot" which encouraged the Zionists from all around the globe to come to Palestine and occupy the Arab country after the Second World War with the aim of causing long-term tensions in the region.