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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Thousands rally on Al-Quds Day against Israeli aggression

From Iran to Pakistan, from India to Lebanon, and beyond, people have united in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

Tens of thousands of people across the world have taken to the streets to mark Al-Quds Day, a significant international event expressing unwavering support for Palestine and condemnation of the Israeli occupation. Held annually on the last Friday of Ramadan, this year’s demonstrations have assumed added urgency due to the recent escalation of violence in Gaza. From Iran to Pakistan, from India to Lebanon, and beyond, people of all ages and backgrounds have united in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

Global Outpouring of Support

In Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iraq, and Lebanon, among many other countries, masses have congregated to voice their support for Palestine. In Tehran, top government officials joined the demonstrators, highlighting the unity of the Iranian leadership in standing with the Palestinian people. The largest gatherings were witnessed in Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, and the occupied West Bank, demonstrating the widespread resonance of the cause across diverse regions.

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Anger at Israeli Aggression

The rallies this year have been fueled by widespread anger over Israel’s relentless aggression, particularly its ongoing war on Gaza. With more than 33,000 Palestinians killed in six months, and countless others injured, the brutality of the Israeli offensive has galvanized global condemnation. Despite international calls for a ceasefire, Tel Aviv has remained steadfast in its belligerence, further intensifying the resolve of protestors worldwide.

Calls for International Action

Leaders and activists alike have called upon the international community to take decisive action to pressure Israel into halting its atrocities against the Palestinian people. Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s condemnation of Israeli oppression and plea for global intervention reflects a sentiment echoed by many leaders and citizens worldwide. The demonstrations serve not only as expressions of solidarity but also as calls to action, urging nations to uphold justice and human rights in the face of injustice and oppression.

Symbolic Gestures and Defiant Chants

From burning flags to symbolic flag-stomping, protestors have employed various forms of symbolic protest to express their defiance against Israeli aggression. Chants condemning Israel and its staunch ally, the United States, reverberate through the streets of cities across the globe. In Bahrain, demonstrators in the village of Duraz made their voices heard with chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” highlighting the depth of their indignation.

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The significance of Al-Quds Day extends far beyond the borders of Palestine. As demonstrated by the diverse array of countries participating in the rallies, the struggle for justice in Palestine resonates deeply with people of all backgrounds. From South Asia to the Middle East, from Africa to Europe, the universal principles of justice and human rights unite individuals in their support for the Palestinian cause.