June 23, 2017
Since 1979, Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) rallies have been an annual occurrence. The event, which originated in post-revolutionary Iran and is typically held toward the end of Ramadan, protests Israeli control of Jerusalem, expresses opposition to Zionism and Israel’s existence and promotes solidarity with the Palestinians. The largest rallies are usually held across Iran and in London, with a number also occurring across the US.
Each year, anti-Israel and anti-US themes are prominent in Quds Day rallies, and this year was no different.
During protests held today in Iran, participants chanted “Death to Israel”, and “Death to America” while burning Israeli and American flags. In Quds Day remarks, Iran’s President Rouhani accused Israel of supporting terrorists across the Middle East, while Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said that in the “20th century there was no event more ominous than establishing the Zionist regime.”
In a rally held in Tehran’s Valiasr Square, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard showcased a number of long-range ballistic missiles capable of hitting Israel, including of the kind that were fired by Iran towards Syrian targets earlier this week. And in Tehran’s Palestine Square, a huge digital clock was inaugurated which counts down from Iranian Supreme Leader’s 2015 predication that in 25 years Israel will cease to exist.
The Iranian news agency Fars also published a number of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic cartoons (samples below) for Quds Day, which included themes relating to Israel’s pending destruction and depictions of Israel controlling ISIS.
At a large demonstration held Sunday in London, protesters carried flags of the terrorist group Hezbollah, and one of the speakers alleged that the recent tragic fire in the Grenfell apartment tower was caused by “Zionists.”
Additional Quds Day protests are scheduled today in a number of cities across the US.