Iran urges massive turnout in intl. Quds Day rallies globally

Alwaght- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for massive turnout nationally and globally in rallies marking the International Quds Day on the last Friday of Holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement on Wednesday, Rouhani underlined that the main goal of the current turmoil and crises in the regional states is diverting attentions from the Zionists’ 70 years of occupation and crimes against the Palestinian nation.

“By behind-the-scene attempts, terror, and creating conflicts among the regional and Muslim world countries and Muslim against Muslim and Muslim against Christian wars in recent years, the Zionists are trying to make others forget their crimes and make the Muslims, the regional people and the world forget the oppressed Palestine and the savagery of the Zionists,” Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

“We shouldn’t let the Zionists’ big crimes be forgotten, and the oppressed Palestinian nation which has been displaced and forced out of its own home feel disappointment,” he added.

Rouhani called on all Iranian and world nations to show massive turnout in the International Quds Day rallies on Friday.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry in a statement has also called for a strong support of the Palestinian people and the groups fighting the Zionist regime.

The statement is released to mark the Quds Day event, due to be taken place on July 1 this year.

In its statement, the Foreign Ministry urges an integrated and consolidated resistance against the Zionist regime.

The late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini and Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei have always underlined opposing the idea of the enemies trying to abandon the Palestinian Issue, it reads.

This is while, the Palestinian issue tends to be a key issue in the region and across the Islamic world, it says.

Efforts by the Zionist regime to change the historical identity of Quds, the regime’s construction of new settlements, its raids against the al-Aqsa Mosque, its measures to limit the Palestinians’ access to their holy sites and preventing Palestinian prayers from entering these holy sites, have created dire conditions for the Palestinian people, says the statement.

It further says that forcing the Palestinians to leave their lands and migrate to other places, killing children and innocent women and men, torturing the prisoners, imposing long-term blockades and closing the crossings, stopping food and drug supplies, imprisoning the Palestinian civilians and fighters are just parts of the atrocities committed by the Zionist regime.

The Gaza strip is on the verge of a big human catastrophe, the Foreign Ministry statement notes.

It encourages global mobilization against the Zionist regime in support of the oppressed people of Palestine.

The Islamic Ummah should avoid normalization of ties with the Zionist regime and prevent realization of political initiations that tend to benefit the Quds occupiers, the statement says.

The Zionist regime is exploiting terrorist actions conducted by the Takfiri groups, as what the terrorists are doing is damaging peace and security of the Islamic and Arab countries, and this should be brought to the attention of the global public opinion, it further says.

Meanwhile, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has underlined the importance of International Quds Day rallies, saying that massive presence of Muslims in the upcoming demonstrations across the world will display their “strong will” to help resolve the problems facing the Palestinian nation. Larijani described International Quds Day as “a day of clarification” and said by attending rallies to mark the Day, Muslims around the world would have a significant impact on the future of Palestinians.

“People’s rallies on the Quds Day will be indicative of their strong will to resolve the problems facing Palestine,” he noted.

Larijani regretted that the issue of Palestine has been overshadowed by recent crises hitting some Middle Eastern countries, adding that Israel is utilizing the atmosphere to continue its aggressions against the Palestinian nation.

The International Quds Day is an annual event during which demonstrators express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the Zionist regime of Israel.

The day is also seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially designated the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day back in 1979.

As the world prepares to mark Quds Day, a defiant and belligerent Israeli regime is increasing daily violations of al Aqsa during this holy month of Ramadan.

By Al Waght