TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iranians rallied here Wednesday to voice their outrage at the occupying regime of Israel’s recent killing of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the U.S. embassy relocation to the occupied city of Jerusalem Al-Quds.
The demonstration took place outside the former U.S. embassy building in the Iranian capital, with protesters holding flags and placards which expressed support for the Palestinian resistance.
They also carried signs which read, "Down with USA" and "Down with Israel."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani censured certain Arab and Muslim countries, saying some of them have simply chosen to turn a blind eye and some others even stated that the Zionist regime "legitimately defended itself.”
Israeli troops killed more than 60 Palestinians and wounded over 2,700 more on Monday near the fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories, as the U.S. celebrated the inauguration of its embassy in the occupied Jerusalem Al-Quds.
Rouhani said legitimate defense is only the right of a country or a nation that owns a land, adding the Zionist regime has no such right because it is occupying the territories of the Palestinians.
"On this land, 'legitimate defense by the Zionists' makes no sense," Rouhani said, noting that it is instead the Palestinian nation that is fighting for its land there.
"The Zionist regime and the United States assume that by exerting more pressure, they can deny the Palestinian nation its legitimate right or can separate the world’s Muslims from their land of Al-Quds, but they are making a great mistake."
Rouhani said, "The Palestinian people have resisted for 70 years, and will continue to do so.”
Turkey has told the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to leave the country temporarily, state media said Wednesday, the latest of a series of tit-for-tat expulsions.
The Turkish foreign ministry has told the consul to leave Turkey "for a period of time", the state-run Anadolu news agency said.
Turkey had already withdrawn its ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultations and told the Israeli ambassador to Ankara to leave, while the occupying regime ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem Al-Quds to leave for an unspecified period of time.
The row, which on Tuesday saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Zionist counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu exchange bitter jibes on Twitter, threatens a 2016 deal on normalizing ties after a long-running crisis.
Turkey has expressed outrage over the massacre by Israeli forces and also blamed tensions on the U.S. decision to move its embassy for Occupied Palestine to Jerusalem Al-Quds from Tel Aviv.
Erdogan will on Friday host an emergency summit meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul which he has said will send a "strong message to the world" on the issue.
The 2016 reconciliation deal ended a dispute over the May 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos that saw relations downgraded.
Erdogan this week hit out at the occupying regime of Israel for "genocide" and told Netanyahu he is leading an "apartheid" regime while having the "blood of Palestinians" on his hands.
Netanyahu meanwhile told Erdogan that as a leading supporter of Palestinian Hamas "there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter".
In a tweet titled "Reminder to Netanyahu", Erdogan then rejected that Hamas is a terror group, saying it is a "resistance movement that defends the Palestinian homeland against an occupying power".
After talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday, Erdogan warned that history "will not forgive" Israel or the United States for moving the American embassy to Jerusalem Al-Quds in defiance of the Islamic world.