International Quds Day rally in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 29 April 2022. (Photo credit: Fars News Agency)
People across the world have flocked to attend various demonstrations and seminars marking the annual International Quds Day in their cities and locales.
International Quds Day was established in 1979 by the leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Khomeini, as a global call for the end of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Khomeini also described Quds Day as a day for all the oppressed peoples of the world.
Rallies swept across various Iranian cities, both large and small.
Int’l Quds Day Rallies Throughout Iranhttps://t.co/8iwOTppnqT pic.twitter.com/AWqEB84w8l
— Fars News Agency (@EnglishFars) April 29, 2022
Representatives of Palestinian resistance organizations in Iran hosted their own events with senior Iranian military officials present, including IRGC General Hossein Salami.
Gaza: Hamas Movement organized a Quds Day event where they hosted the commander of the IRGC Hussein Salameh.
Salameh: “International Quds Day is a gift from the late Imam Khomeini, who put Jerusalem and Palestine at the top of the Islamic world’s attention, to unite under it.” pic.twitter.com/rswrQWLyf8
— Lebanese News and Updates (@LebUpdate) April 28, 2022
In Lebanon, a massive event was held in Beirut’s southern suburbs where a speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was broadcast live.
Despite a humanitarian crisis created by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, Yemenis flocked to the streets in vast numbers.
Tens of thousands rallied yesterday in Yemen’s capital Sanaa marking the International Al-Quds Day calling for the end of the Israeli occupation. pic.twitter.com/kYHmYt0mLU
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) April 30, 2022
Bahrainis also took to the streets to honor the holiday. Their demonstrations occurred at odd hours of the day in order to avoid confrontation with security forces.
Exiled Bahraini spiritual leader Ayatollah Isa Qassem addressed the Bahraini people from the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he condemned the normalization of ties between Bahrain and Israel.
Ayatollah Qassem: Your cry on #InternationalQudsDay is a declaration of jihad and resistance, until Zionism is broken and the ship of normalisation is disintegrated. pic.twitter.com/JZ6BEGOXl4
— سُنْدُس اَلْأَسعَد (@sondossalasaad) April 29, 2022
Outside of West Asia, massive demonstrations in Kashmir took place despite heavy restrictions by Indian authorities.
Int’l Quds Day rally in Budgam, Kashmir.
[📸: Shuja Hussain] pic.twitter.com/cGo0hlBTrw
— Syed Zafar Mehdi (@mehdizafar) April 30, 2022
Rallies also took place in the heart of South Africa, where people relate the struggle of Palestinians to their own struggle under apartheid.
In London, hundreds marched over the previous weekend to accommodate those who work on Fridays.
Is the London anti-Zionism Quds Day rally anti-Semitic?
Amid calls to ban the annual rally, I put this question to participants…#Qudsday #AlQudsDay #Palestine pic.twitter.com/NbFtxyOJ7y
— Robert Carter (@Bob_cart124) April 25, 2022
Rallies also took place in various cities across the US.
Israeli forces have intensified their violent crackdown on both Muslim and Christian worshippers in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem) during the holy occasions of Ramadan and Easter.
In response to these Israeli escalations, the Palestinian resistance factions have launched several retaliatory strikes from Gaza and have promised to turn it into a regional war if Al-Aqsa Mosque is endangered.