Iranians hold rallies expressing support for Palestine
Quds Day or Jerusalem Day was marked by demonstrations in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and other countries across the Middle East and Southeast Asia with protesters slamming Israel and the United States as well as criticising a new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan offered by US President Donald Trump's administration.
As rallies began across the Iranian capital, demonstrators set fire to American and Israeli flags, as well as effigies of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The rallies all headed to Tehran University, where the ceremony ended at Friday’s noon prayers. Similar rallies took place in 950 cities and towns across the country.
Many high-ranking Iranian officials attending the rally in Tehran, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Both men derided the Trump administration’s so-called 'Deal of the Century' peace plan, saying it would end in failure, the AP reported.
Held each year on the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, Iran has marked Quds Day since the start of its 1979 Islamic Revolution by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day is an occasion to express support for the Palestinians.