People of different countries across the world took to the streets this Friday to show their support for Palestine in International Quds Day.
From the early hours of this Friday, people in different countries marched for hours to mark International Quds Day and send a clear message to the Israeli government that the resistance is alive, and so is the international support for Palestine.
Holding Palestine’s flag in hand, the demonstrators in the Gaza Strip reiterated that ‘Palestine will be free at last’, and that ‘Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque are in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’. This year’s international slogan for Al-Quds rallies was “Palestine as the axis of the unity of Islamic world and Al-Quds on the threshold of liberation.”
Protestors in Gaza were also raising pictures of Al Aqsa Mosque, with posters including quotes in support for the Palestinians Resistance and the Resistance axis. Palestinians in the Gaza march also pledged to continue resistance against the Israeli occupation until the liberation of all the Palestinian land and Palestinian people, as well as the creation of the Palestinian State.
Supporting Palestine in Al-Quds Day, a common theme in different parts of the world
Alongside the people of Palestine, tens of thousands of Iranians also poured into the streets across Iran on Friday to mark Al-Quds Day and show their unbreakable support for Palestinians.
People in different cities of Iran participated in the Quds Day rally from the early hours of Friday, carrying banners and posters with pro-Palestine messages and chanting slogans against Israel and the US.
Al-Quds Day has indeed an Iranian background because it was first proposed by Iran’s former Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, after the 1979 revolution, to hold the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as an international day for supporting Palestine.
In addition to common people in Iran, a good many top political and military officials of the Islamic Republic also took part in Friday’s rally in Tehran, including President Ebrahim Raisi; Parliament Speaker, Baqer Qalibaf; Judiciary Chief, Mohseni Ejei; Nuclear Agency head, Mohammad Eslami; Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander Gen. Esmail Qaaani.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement earlier in the day, reiterated its call for holding a “national referendum” in Palestine to end the long-standing crisis. In a Twitter post after Friday’s rallies, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said the liberation of Al-Quds is “not limited to the borders of Islam” but lies at the “intersection of honor and humanity of freedom seekers of the world”.
Besides Iranians, people in other countries including Syria, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Tanzania, Lebanon, and Jordan also honored the A-l-Quds Day by taking to the streets in their countries and supporting Palestine.
Hamas issued a statemen in Al-Quds Day
The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, issued a statement on Friday, asserting that “International Quds Day reminds the world of their responsibility towards Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque.”
The statement also said that the Al-Quds Day is “a chance to unify the efforts of the Ummah and the free people around the world in support of the Palestinian people’s rights and freedom struggle against the Israeli occupation.”
The Islamic Movement also stated that Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque “will remain at the heart of Palestine and the Muslim world, which has a collective responsibility to liberate them from the fascist occupation.”
Last but not least, Hamas called on the Arab and Muslim nations to “mobilize all efforts at the political, diplomatic, media and humanitarian levels in order to get more support for the steadfast Palestinian people”.