Iranians have taken to the streets in massive numbers to mark the International Qud Day after Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called this year’s rallies more important than ever.
People in Tehran and other cities are flocking to main streets to support Palestinians who are facing the dangerous prospect of a sellout of their rights through a US plan called the “deal of the century”.
Demonstrators carried banners with slogans such as “Al-Quds is the eternal capital of Palestine” and “Death to America” as well as “No to the deal of the century”.
Similar rallies are planned across the world, including in many Muslim countries as well as in Europe and America, to show solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israeli atrocities and US policies.
In Pakistan, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen and Imamia Students Organization Pakistan organized the countrywide rallies after Friday prayers.
Thousands of people attended the rallies in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta and peshawar. The armed forces provided the security across the country.
In Iraq, television networks broadcast live footage from tens of thousands of people who were rallying in several cities to condemn “the deal of the century” and support the Palestinian people.
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Thursday sent a grave warning to Israel ahead of Quds Day and used the opportunity to reject US President Donald Trump’s plan and a summit in Bahrain next month to promote it.
“Trump wants to sell al-Quds to the Zionists without paying a price,” Sinwar said. “I call him from here and say that I and the Palestinian people will be demonstrating along the [Gaza] fence in light of Quds Day in numbers that have not been seen before.”
Sinwar also warned to attack Tel Aviv and other cities with double the force if “the enemy dares to attack once again.”
“We will not sell al-Quds …We believe liberation of al-Quds will come soon,” he added.
The International Quds Day is a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who designated the day in solidarity with the Palestinians.
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the International Quds Day has been marked worldwide on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner on Thursday met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem al-Quds to drum up support for the conference in Bahrain.
The Trump administration seeks to use the Bahrain meeting to bring Arab states traditionally opposed to the Israeli occupation of Palestinians lands into line. PRESS-TV