1238 GMT June 15, 2021
People across the world on Friday marked International Quds Day to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and denounce Israeli atrocities in the occupied territories as well as the besieged Gaza Strip.
International Quds Day, the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, who designated the day in 1979, in solidarity with the Palestinians and in opposition to the Israeli regime.
On the occasion, political and religious leaders shed light on the Palestinian cause and urge Muslim unity against Israel, Press TV reported.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday slammed the international community for remaining silent about the Israeli crimes against the people of Palestine.
“The Palestinian people have been displaced from their homes for many years, living in deserts, in different countries and in very difficult conditions. Unfortunately, the international community does not pay attention to them,” Rouhani said, adding that such lack of attention has emboldened Israel to continue its usurpation, IRNA reported.
This year’s events were held online in Iran and some other countries due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Nevertheless, some people took to the streets in the Iranian capital to voice solidarity with the Palestinian people. Videos circulating online showed people burning the flags of the Israeli regime.
In Tehran’s Palestine Square, demonstrators shouted, “Down with the US” and “Down with Israel”.
Other Iranian cities, including Mashhad, Ahvaz, Kerman and Isfahan, saw similar gatherings held at landmark locations. Cars and motorcycles were seen on the streets, with their occupants carrying Palestinian flags and placards in denunciation of Israeli crimes.
Gatherings around the world
In Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, groups of young people took to the streets in their vehicles, waving Afghan and Palestinian flags to express their nation’s solidarity with the people of Palestine.
One of the participants, Qari Hassan, said while the Afghan people are far away from the Palestinians, they are connected through their faith, IRNA reported.
Iraqis also marked the international day, saying irrefutable evidence shows that the Zionist regime of Israel is in decline.
In a gathering on Thursday evening attended by 70 prominent Iraqi figures, the spokesman of Iraq’s anti-terror Kata’ib Hezbollah group said the most important development with regard to Palestine in the last 40 years has been the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Mohammed Mohi said the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran changed the nature of the advocates of Palestine from leftist and tribal Arab groups to Islamic groups.
Iraq’s al-Nujaba resistance movement said Israel has been isolated for the first time in history as weapons of resistance groups continue to target the regime with the aim of liberating Al-Quds.
“These days, for the first time in our history, we see the Zionist regime in a defensive position, which is the result of successive defeats against the forces of the Islamic Resistance in occupied Lebanon and Palestine,” Nujaba said in a statement.
The Iraqi resistance group also denounced the Arab countries that normalize ties with Israel, calling them traitors.