Iran marks al-Quds with millions demonstrating against Israel and the United States

Millions take to the streets of Iran, calling “Death to Israel”, “Down with America” and referring to ISIS as the “puppet of the Saudis”; Jerusalem day comes on final day of negotiations between world powers and Iran on a final deal

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Iranians mark al-Quds Day Friday with millions protesting the State of Israel in demonstrations across the country.

Al-Quds Day, or “Jerusalem Day”, is the last Friday of the Ramadan Muslim month declared by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Established in 1979 by Ayatollah and the then Foreign Minister Ebrahim Yazdi, the day is dedicated to international demonstrations calling for the liberation of Jerusalem and “struggle” against the State of Israel in the Arab world.

In 1981, Ayatollah invited “Muslims all over the globe to consecrate the holy month of Ramadan” in order to “proclaim international solidarity of Muslims in support of the legitimate rights of the Muslim people of Palestine”.

In 2010, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad referred to al-Quds as a holy day stating that, “If the leaders of the region do not have the guts, then the people of the region are capable of removing the Zionist regime from the world scene.” The former president is known for comparing Zionism to Nazism and denying the Holocaust.

Friday morning, millions marched the streets of Iran, burning American and Israeli flags, calling for the “Death of Israel” and “Down with America”. Saudi Arabia was also condemned in the rallies and demonstrations, Iranians referring to the Islamic State (ISIS) as the “puppet of the Saudis”.

Al-Quds comes on the last day of negotiations between world powers and Iran on its nuclear program, the extended deadline for a final deal set for today, Friday, July 10th.

Commander of the ground forces for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdasta stated on negotiations with world powers that, “The US might arrive at some agreements with us within the framework of the Group 5+1, but we should never hold a positive view of the enemy… Our enmity with them is over principles and rooted in the fact that we are after the truth and nations’ freedom, but they seek to exploit nations and put them in chains.”