Day of Solidarity With Palestinians

Marchers in Tehran take to the streets on  June 23 to mark International Quds Day.
Marchers in Tehran take to the streets on  June 23 to mark International Quds Day.

Iranians held rallies across the country on Friday to mark the International Quds Day, an annual display of solidarity with Palestinians and condemnation of Israeli atrocities against a defenseless people.

Fasting Iranians from different walks of life took to the streets to join the nationwide demonstrations in support of Palestinians, who have been suffering from Israel’s brutal policies for decades, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Chanting slogans against the occupying power and its backers, demonstrators called for an end to the occupation of Palestine, Judaization of the holy city of al-Quds and construction of illegal Jewish settlements across the West Bank. Senior officials and prominent figures, including President Hassan Rouhani and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, joined the demonstrations.

More than 4,000 Iranian and foreign reporters covered the rallies across the country.

In Tehran, the rallies were organized in ten routes ending at the University of Tehran, where worshippers attended the weekly Friday congregation. Before the prayers, Larijani delivered a speech to reaffirm Tehran’s backing for Palestine and the communiqué of the International Quds Day was released.

Larijani called Israel the “mother of terrorism” and said in the “20th century, there was no event more ominous than the birth of the Zionist regime.”

Each year, the International Quds Day is celebrated on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan. The event’s raison d’être is renewing support for the Palestinians and denunciation of Israel. The day is seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially declared the last Friday of Ramadan as International Quds Day in 1979.


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