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Qods Day demonstrations held in Iran
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am1(202).jpgTEHRAN – Millions of Iranian people from all walks of life turned out in great numbers  across the country on International Qods Day on Friday to show their solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian nation, whose homeland is being occupied by the Zionist regime.    
 
Thousands of people across the world also held demonstrations in support of the Palestinian people on the same day. 
 
International Qods Day is a day of solidarity with Palestine observed on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Anti-Zionist demonstrations are held on Qods Day all over the world, especially in Iran, where the event was inaugurated after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The late Imam Khomeini, the Founder of the Islamic Republic, made the proposal to establish an international day of solidarity with Palestinians in August of that year. 
 
In Tehran, the marchers chanted slogans condemning Israel and its main supporter, the United States. 
 
Almost all senior and mid-ranking officials, including President-elect Hassan Rohani, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani, and Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, took part in the rallies and praised the people for their massive and glorious participation in the demonstrations. 
 
Some marchers carried pictures of the late Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the current Leader of the Islamic Revolution. 
 
The people chanted “God Is Great,” “Down with the United States,” “Death to Israel,” “Down with Britain,” “Qods Belongs to Islam” and other slogans. 
 
Many demonstrators were also wearing Palestinian keffiyehs, a symbol of Palestinian nationalism, to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine. 
 
At the end of the Tehran event, the demonstrators issued a statement condemning the European Union’s decision to put the military wing of the Lebanese group Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations. 
 
Pressed by Britain and the Netherlands, the European Union blacklisted Hezbollah’s armed wing on July 22 over accusations it was involved in a bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis and their driver a year ago, and its deployment of fighters to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to Reuters. 
 
President Ahmadinejad delivered a speech on the sidelines of the ceremony in Tehran, in which he said that it was naive to think that the Palestinian issue could be resolved through holding meetings and negotiations. 
 
President-elect Rohani also told reporters on the sidelines of the ceremony that the people’s participation in International Qods Day demonstrations was a great moral and political support for the Palestinian nation on their path toward the realization of their causes and the liberation of al-Quds.     
 
According to the Fars News Agency, he also said, “It is years that a wound has sat on the body of the Muslim world in the region due to the occupation of the sacred Palestinian territories and the holy al-Quds.”  
 
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