Religious dignitaries and several officials from the Syria-based Palestinians also attended the International Quds Day rally on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan to lend their support to the Palestinian resistance and condemn the Israeli occupation, a Press TV correspondent reported.
The participants chanted anti-Israeli slogans and hung banners denouncing Zionism and calling for a continuous struggle against Tel Aviv’s attempts to deface al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Addressing the gathering, Ahmed Jibril, the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), slammed subservient Arab regimes and warned against the rampant judaization of al-Quds.
“The Arab rulers that I have spoken with supported Palestinian cause in private but they fear the retaliation of their purveyors in the West who threaten if they took action,” said Jibril.
This year’s rallies came amidst the emergence of popular uprisings calling for reforms or regime change in the Middle East and North Africa.
Arab regimes that have long been an accommodating force behind actions and interests of the Israeli regimes and Western powers in the region appear to be falling apart as Tel Aviv’s latest attacks on the Gaza Strip are widely considered as a sign of its growing frustration and isolation in the region.
“The Zionist entity is and will remain alien in the region. It managed to impose itself in the last six decades and it is high time we delegitimized its existence. The Palestinians in the occupied territories have maintained resistance from inside, there is also the growing mobilization among Muslims and Arabs around the world,” said Jamal Aissa from Hamas’ Political Bureau.
Organizers of the International Quds Day say this year’s commemorations mark a turning point in the struggle to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque from ultimate destruction. They insist that Israel is increasingly isolated in the region, particularly following the loss of strategic allies among Arab rulers.
The late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan as the International Day of Quds in August 1979, calling for international rallies to express rage against the Palestinian predicament and raise public awareness about the roots and nature of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
(www.presstv.ir / 27.08.2011)