News ID: 89985
Publish Date : 07 May 2021 - 21:31
TEHRAN (Dispatches) – People in Iran and other countries marked the International Quds Day on Friday by holding drive-by rallies amid official restrictions imposed on street demonstrations because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Tehran, some people took to the streets to voice solidarity with the Palestinian people. Videos circulated online showed people burning U.S. and Israeli flags.
 In Tehran’s Palestine Square, demonstrators shouted "Down with the U.S.” and "Down with Israel”.
Across Iran in Mashhad, Ahvaz, Kerman and Isfahan and other cities, gatherings were held at famous junctures, with demonstrators waving Palestinian flags and placards through the windows of their cars or on motorbikes.
In neighboring Iraq, demonstrators in Najaf, Diyala, Basra, Baghdad and a number of southern cities drove through the streets, chanting "Al-Quds Is Ours”.
Participants in a demonstration in Baghdad’s iconic Tahrir Square carried Iraqi, Iranian and Palestinian flags as well as images of prominent religious figures they stepped on American and Israeli flags.
Hundreds of demonstrators also took part in a rally in the Syrian capital in solidarity with the Palestinian people, carrying a large banner which read, "Al-Quds is close.”
In Afghanistan, young protesters held a drive-in event in the capital Kabul, carrying "Free Palestine” posters and chanting "O Quds, we are coming”.
"Despite our spatial distance with Palestine, our thoughts and beliefs have brought us closer together,” said Abu Naeem, one of the participants.
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) described Quds Day as a manifestation of the Islamic world’s unity in supporting the Palestinian cause and the liberation of Al-Quds from the occupying Israeli regime.
The day "heralds the revenge of the commander of the Resistance Axis, Martyr [Qassem] Soleimani, the expulsion of American terrorists from West Asia, and the fortification of the establishment of full Palestinian sovereignty over the holy territory through removing the Zionist regime from the region’s political landscape,” the IRGC said in a statement.
The IRGC said the Palestinian people are continuing their struggle against the criminal Zionist regime stronger than ever and have pushed the regime to the brink of collapse and extinction.
It said the clever designation of the day by Imam Khomeini created an opportunity for Muslims across the world to unify their efforts so as to resolve the issue of Palestine and remove the Zionist tumor.
The IRGC said the wicked U.S. and Israeli plots to create division among Muslim nations, including the so-called deal of the century, the Abraham Accords, and normalization deals with some treacherous Arab countries, are doomed to fail.
In a gathering on Thursday evening attended by 70 prominent Iraqi figures, the spokesman of Iraq’s anti-terror Kata’ib Hezbollah group said the most important development with regard to Palestine in the last 40 years has been the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Muhammad Mohi said the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran changed the nature of the advocates of Palestine from leftist and tribal Arab groups to Islamic groups.
The spokesman of another Iraqi anti-terror movement, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, said the issue of Palestine should not be limited to the International Quds Day, noting that it needs more attention throughout the year.
The new generation needs to know the atrocities committed by the Zionist regime in the past and in the current era, Muhammad al-Rabie said.
He also recalled his meeting with Hamas political bureau head Ismail Haniyeh, during which he was told that if it had not been for the efforts of Iran’s General Soleimani, there would have been "no Gaza Strip, Ramallah, Quds and Palestine.”
Iraq’s Al-Nujaba resistance movement said Israel has been isolated for the first time in history as weapons of resistance groups continue to target the regime with the aim of liberating Al-Quds.
In a statement, Al-Nujaba commemorated Imam Khomeini, saying, "Our faith in God’s promise and his aid is not shaken and we see it closer to ourselves than any other day.”
The group highlighted the miscalculations of Israel’s supporters on the war front, which it said forced them to negotiate with the Islamic Resistance Axis.
"These days, for the first time in our history, we see the Zionist regime in a defensive position, which is the result of successive defeats against the forces of the Islamic Resistance in occupied Lebanon and Palestine.”
The Iraqi resistance group also denounced the Arab countries that normalize ties with Israel, calling them traitors.
It called General Soleimani a "martyr of Al-Quds”, voicing confidence that the present generation will see the promise of victory fulfilled in the near future.
Leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziyad al-Nakhalah, also underlined the need to continue the fight against the Zionist regime, saying Al-Quds city is stronger than ever due to the resistance of its residents.
Head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Ahmad Sa’adat stressed that Quds Day should be upheld by the people of the world.
Sa’adat called for the fight against the Israeli occupation to continue, saying Israel is nearing its collapse.
A member of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said Palestinian people are united in the fight against the Zionist regime. Suhail al-Hindi said the fight over Al-Quds is still ongoing, adding that the enemy has targeted the existence of Palestine.
The spokesman of the Islamic Jihad’s military wing, Al-Quds Brigades, warned that if the Zionist regime continues its acts of aggression, the flames of the Ramadan intifada (uprising) will reach the illegal Israeli settlements.
Abu Hamza said the Ramadan intifada has turned into a hell and fire for the Zionists and their military positions.
He said Quds Day is the day of the oppressed against the oppressors and the Zionist-American terrorism.
"Our war with the enemy continues. We will not agree to a ceasefire and we will not bargain over even a small piece of the Palestinian territory. We all believe in God’s promise to liberate Al-Quds,” he added.  

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