1134 GMT June 14, 2021
Quds Day was initiated by the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran Imam Khomeini soon after the victory of the country’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. The occasion is marked annually on the last Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which fell on May 7 this year. On this day, people across the world hold rallies expressing their solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposition to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
In a statement on Thursday, the Iranian Defense Ministry hailed the International Quds Days as a manifestation of Muslim world’s unity and struggle against occupation, saying the Zionist regime is nearing collapse considering its maniacal and brutal behavior, Tasnim News Agency reported.
In a separate statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry enumerated the necessary conditions for the settlement of the Palestinian issue, stressing that Palestine’s future governing system must be determined on the basis of a referendum with the participation of all main inhabitants of Palestine and the formation of an integrated Palestinian government with the holy Al-Quds as its capital.
Iran’s FM Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet on Thursday described Palestine as a yardstick for justice and reaffirmed Tehran’s support for the Palestinian people’s struggle against Israel.
In a tweet on Friday, Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri stressed that International Quds Day is a day to fight all operations to normalize occupation and oblivion and a day to transfer Palestine’s history to new generations, IRNA wrote.
Likewise, in a message to mark the occasion, the Iranian government’s spokesman Ali Rabiei said International Quds Day is a shared aspiration of the world’s Muslims and freedom-seekers,
In a Thursday message on the occasion, Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said the existing balance of power in the occupied territories of Palestine and elsewhere across the region is in favor of anti-Israel resistance, urging all Muslims to help Palestinians in their struggle against Israel, according to Press TV.
Marking the day on Thursday, the Iranian president’s chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, said Imam Khomeini’s initiative was a move in support of the demands of Muslims around the world, stressing that the nature of the Zionist regime has not changed and it is in contrast with the Palestinians and the world’s Muslims.
On Friday, the representative of the Jewish community at the Iranian Parliament, Siamak Moreh Sedq, called on all monotheists in the world to follow in footsteps of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, as the spiritual father of the world’s monotheists, in confronting Israel, noting that Quds day is not just for Palestinians but all the world’s oppressed people.
Marking the occasion on Friday, Khaled al-Qaddumi, the representative of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas in Iran, described the Israeli crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories as a holocaust against Palestinians, saying coexistence with the Zionist regime is impossible.
Ismail Shabanov, the president of Russia's Talysh Diaspora and a member of the Russian Council on Inter-Ethnic Relations, told IRNA on Friday that Imam Khomeini laid the groundwork for the triumph of justice in the besieged lands of Palestine when he declared the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day, Tasnim News Agency reported.
In addition, the spokesman for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Omer Celik condemned Israel's occupation of Palestine on Thursday and expressed support for Palestinians facing violence, according to Anadolu Agency.