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Iran, Hezbollah Mark Annual Al-Quds Day

May 2, 2022

by: Ilse Strauss

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Burning Israeli flag in Gaza (illustrative)

Monday, 2 May 2022 | Thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran and other cities across Iran on Friday to mark an annual event that the Islamic Republic celebrates with relish each year. The special occasion is known as Al-Quds Day, borrowing the title from the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

In theory, it a day dedicated to show solidarity with the Palestinian cause. In practice, it is 24 hours set aside to flag burning, Israel and US bashing and death threat-chanting rallies and demonstrations taking place across the length and breadth of the country.

Al-Quds Day was instituted in 1979 when then Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a rallying call: “I invite Muslims all over the globe to consecrate the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as Al-Quds Day and to proclaim the international solidarity of Muslims in support of the…Muslim people of Palestine.”

Millions answered the call, and for the past 40 odd years, Muslims around the world have set the last Friday of Ramadan aside as an annual anti-Israel day to rally against the Jewish state.

Al-Quds Day is particularly popular in the Khomeini’s home country. Each year, the event sees thousands of Iranians take to the streets to gawk at parades showcasing the country’s military prowess and to partake in popular Al-Quds Day activities, such as burning Israeli and American flags, evoking the Jewish state’s destruction, watching effigies of Israeli and American leaders go up in flames and chanting “Death to America and Israel.”

This year was extra special, though. After a two-year COVID-induced hiatus, attendees were once again free to gather and spew vitriol in the first state-sponsored hate-fest since 2019.

All the rallies in the Iranian capital headed to Tehran University, where attendees concluded the anti-Israel activities with Friday noon prayers. Similar rallies took place in 900 other cities and villages across Iran, as well as in Syria, Pakistan, Bahrain and Israel.

President Ebrahim Raisi took time out of his busy schedule to march in the Quds Day rallies in Tehran and address the teeming crowds.

“This great movement that we are witnessing today…is a symbol of the solidarity of the Muslim people that will lead to the destruction of the Zionist regime,” the state-run news outlet ISNA quoted him as saying.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Hossein Salami echoed his president’s sentiments regarding Israel’s fate. According to Salami, the Quds Force—the international arm of the IRCG—was established to “expand the Islamic revolution in other Islamic countries, with the aim of pressuring the Zionist regime…and in the near future, the regime’s elimination from the world’s political geography.”

For his part, Quds Force commander Gen. Esmail Ghaani pledged Iran’s allegiance to anyone willing to take on Israel. “We support any front that is formed against this criminal regime, and we will support any community that is ready to fight this criminal regime,” ISNA quoted him as saying.

In a deviation from his normal rhetoric, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei did not call for Israel’s demise. Instead, he slammed the Arab states who went from enmity to friendship with the Jewish state as part of the US-brokered Abraham Accords.

“We condemn the treacherous move to normalize relations,” he said.

As usual, Iran also used the rallies to showcase its military might. This year, a number of IRGC-developed missiles, including the Khaibar Buster missile—dubbed the “Israel hitters”—were on display throughout Tehran.

Meanwhile, dozens of supporters of Iran’s Lebanese terror proxy, Hezbollah, gathered on Israel’s northern border to mark Al-Quds Day, protesting, waving Hezbollah and Iranian flags and chanting vows to liberate Jerusalem. More Hezbollah fighters spent the day rallying in the terror group’s strongholds in the Lebanese capital.

Addressing his followers from an undisclosed location, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah lauded the string of terror attacks in which 15 Israelis have been murdered as well as the recent rocket attacks from Gaza and Lebanon.

Another Iranian terror proxy, Hamas, the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip, celebrated in the coastal enclave a day early with a ceremony added by hundreds of followers. Salami addressed the gathering all the way from Tehran via satellite, assuring Iran’s terror puppets of their puppeteer’s unwavering support as they continue launching rockets on Israeli civilians and do everything else in their power to annihilate their Jewish neighbors.

Posted on May 2, 2022

Source: (Bridges for Peace, May 2, 2022)

Photo Credit: Tasnim News Agency/commons.wikimedia.org

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