Thousands of Iranians rallied Friday to mark Quds, (Jerusalem) Day, which will see demonstrations and rioting across the Mideast with rallies also planned for London and Berlin this weekend.
The annual protests call for the destruction of the State of Israel and are also held in Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere, occurring on the last Friday of Ramadan.
Iran has marked Quds Day since the start of its 1979 Islamic Revolution by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and the Iranian regime uses the day as an annual opportunity to gather crowds for mass “death to Israel” and “death to America” chants.
As rallies began across the Iranian capital, demonstrators set fire to American and Israeli flags, and also burned effigies of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
President Hassan Rouhani, who attended the rallies in Tehran, said Quds Day is “the day the confrontation of all Muslims with the world’s aggressors and the event’s message is that [the imaginary state of] Palestine will be alive forever and Jerusalem will remain for Muslims”.
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