On Friday, Iran organized a series of events marking Al-Quds Day, which is celebrated annually to show solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle for the liberation of occupied territories.
Within the scope of events organized for today, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei made a speech on a television channel. In his statements, Khamenei claimed that the decline of Israel has begun.
Khamenei also stated that the circumstance has shifted in favor of Palestine, referring to Palestinians’ usage of sophisticated missiles against Israeli violence. According to his statement, fighting with Israel is “everyone’s responsibility”. In this sense, the Supreme Leader urged Palestinian resistance groups to continue their struggle against Israel.
Touching upon the US-brokered “Deal of the Century” and normalization agreements between Arab countries and Israel, Khamenei defined them as “desperate attempts” that had been taken against the growth of the Palestinian resistance axis.
The Supreme Leader highlighted the importance of holding a referendum to shape the future of the Palestinians and called for the return of Palestinian refugees to their land.
President Hassan Rouhani, on the other hand, said that Al-Quds Day became a “mourning day for the Zionists”, while Foreign Minister Zarif praised the day saying that it has become a “symbol of fighting against occupation and bullying among Muslims and all freedom-seekers across the world.”
Al-Quds Day was marked by the late founder of the Iran Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini for the first time in 1979. Since then, it became an important event which is marked through massive street rallies and public events. However, public events were canceled due to the protective measurements against the COVID-19 pandemic for the second time following last year.