15 December 2018 - 8 Tevet 5779 - ח' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט

Millions of Iranians took to the streets on 23 June to attend Quds Day, held annually to protest Israel and Zionism. The event is also celebrated and commemorated around the world.

According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, protesters attending the anti-Israel rallies declared that destroying the Jewish state is “the Muslim world’s top priority”. In a statement released after the marches, Iranians participating in Quds Day also called for unity among pro-Palestinian groups against the “child-murdering” Israeli government.

The resolution also criticised the US and Saudi governments for their treatment of Iran. Their supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Quds Day was “the symbol of fighting arrogance and global hegemons,” the news agency reported.

Iran’s government established Quds Day, held on the last Friday of Ramadan, in 1979. Al Quds is the Muslim name for Jerusalem. In the UK, marchers in the annual day parade blamed a fire in a low-income housing complex there that left 79 dead on “Zionists”.

Also, in a separate and disturbing development, during a UN session the Israeli diplomatic mission distributed to UN Security Council members satellite images of an Iranian site set up during a test carried out last year, using the Israeli flag the Star of David as a target for a ballistic missile test.

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