In Iran, millions took to the streets across the country to denounce Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinian people and voice their anger at world hegemony and Israeli policies.
Iranian protesters also condemned the violent crackdown against opposition protesters in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi-backed Bahraini regime forces attacked anti-government demonstrators, protesting both the banning of International Quds Day rallies and the government’s criticism of Sheikh Issa Qassim, one of the country’s top clerics, who has been accused of inciting sectarian tension.
This is the second consecutive year that Quds Day rallies have been banned in Bahrain. Anti-regime protesters say the regime ban is due to its fear that the gathering will turn into an anti-regime demonstration.
Several Bahraini protesters were reportedly injured as regime forces fired tear-gas to disperse the crowds that had been on the streets since Thursday evening. Many were also arrested in the demonstrations.
Anti-Israel rallies were also held in several Saudi Arabian cities including the town of Awamiyah in the al-Qatif region where protestors voiced their support for the people of Bahrain and condemned the Riyadh government for aiding the Al Khalifa regime’s brutal crackdown on peaceful Bahraini protesters.
Earlier in the week British nationals from different backgrounds took part in the annual Quds Day demonstration in London.
Quds Day demonstrations have also been planned in Pakistan, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and several other countries.
The US states of Michigan and California, the city of New York, and the Canadian capital city of Ottawa are other cities where people plan to come out to express opposition to the continued occupation of Palestinian lands by the Tel Aviv regime.
The late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan as the International Quds Day in August 1979, calling for international rallies in support of Palestinians and against Israel.