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Iranians Gives Gazans Huge Show of Support

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, joins an annual nationwide pro-Palestinian rally known as Quds (Jerusalem) Day, in Tehran July 25, 2014.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, joins an annual nationwide pro-Palestinian rally known as Quds (Jerusalem) Day, in Tehran July 25, 2014.

Iranians took part in huge rallies across the country on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite the Israeli assault on Gaza, Iranian state television reported.

Footage showed hundreds of thousands of people demonstrating in the capital Tehran. They chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” and carried pictures of Palestinian children killed in Gaza, along with banners reading “Defending Gaza and Palestine is our religious duty.”

State media said “millions” of people joined the rallies nationwide, called to mark Iran's annual day of solidarity with Palestinians, al-Quds Day, on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem, one of the most important cities in the Muslim faith.

Iran’s late spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, had decreed the annual commemoration of struggle against Israel and for the city’s liberation.

The Iranian government has condemned Israel's offensive against Gaza, which has killed more than 800 people, most of them civilians. It has also expressed support for the Islamist group Hamas, which rules Gaza.

 “We are ready to support our Palestinian brothers and sisters in Gaza. We are ready to sacrifice our blood for them,” a man in his 40s told state television in the southern city of Zahedan.

People condemned U.S. support for Israel and burned U.S. and Israeli flags. State television said they also criticized foreign governments, who they said had remained silent about Israel's “crimes against humanity.”

“Raise your voice. Remaining silent means allowing the Zionist regime [Israel] to continue genocide of Palestinians,” said a statement read at the Qods Day rally, broadcast live on state TV.

‘Boycott this regime’

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Friday prayers at Tehran University that Muslims around the world should unite against Israel.

“Pressure your governments to boycott this regime,” he said of Israel. “All Muslims should join hands against this regime.”

Iran regards Palestine as comprising all of the Jewish state, which it does not recognize, as well as the West Bank and Gaza.

Israel and the United States have long accused Iran of supplying arms to Hamas, considered by Washington and the European Union as a terrorist group. Tehran says it gives moral, financial and humanitarian support.

However, Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Thursday said Tehran had provided Hamas with “the technology to manufacture arms.”

“There was a time that Hamas needed the know-how ... We gave it to them and today the fighters in Gaza are capable of meeting their needs,”  Larijani told Iran's Arabic language al-Alam TV.

Some information for this report provided by the Associated Press.

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by: Siroos Bavarsagh from: Glasgow
July 26, 2014 6:07 AM
Gazans maybe a terrorist group but Israel is just as bad if not worst..
So if you support either one group you are just as bad a being as it gets...
Remember fueling the fire is the solution so be the solution do what bbc or cnn does may not tell the truth but doesn't lie...

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
July 25, 2014 1:59 PM
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini instituted a day of claiming another country and rendering its people homeless. The whole of the islamist world accept this as a good thing and so imbibe it in their religion. That is unfortunate. But the message here is unless that decree is repealed, there is not going to be peace in the world. By one decree of a satanic image the Palestinians have lost their sense of peace with neighbor, it needs a redirection by a man of peace, maybe from Saudi Arabia, to denounce that and repeal the decree. Unfortunately these peoples agree in nothing else but evil. Thus even in their schools the seed of hate doctrine is sowed. ,Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami - the same Khatami that the world pleaded for his release when (the Iranian authorities under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad imprisoned?) here epitomizes the seed of discord rather than show the light which education should bring out in him. Rather than give direction to better the future of the youth, he has become a waste like refuse stinking to the younger generation to mislead it and jeopardize its future. Wonders shall never end! See that it was a tremendous mistake that the world cried out for his release, fundamentally flawed to have pleaded he be given justice, the same refuses Jews justice and peace. Thus when Rouhani purportedly extended greetings to the Jews, he was not wishing them peace but he had in mind a prey while playing to the gallery. Why do Iranians not mind their own business? Why do they celebrate Jerusalem instead of Tehran? Do they all want to relocate to Jerusalem? No wonder ISIS wants to destroy every artifact/relic that might keep the remembrance of Iran alive. This is a call to Rouhani and Khamenei to show the world that they can work for world peace by repealing that obnoxious decree that pivots unrest and anchors disunity in the world. From it the world can measure how truly peaceful Iran's nuclear program will be. This alone will not be all that is needed for world peace, but little drops of water make a mighty ocean.

by: Not Again from: Canada
July 25, 2014 12:25 PM
As everyone surmized, for sometime, Hamas is an Iranian proxi-force; much like Hezbollah, the Houttie and so on. In essence Iran has been attacking, through its proxi Hamas, Israel for years. No wonder Hamas is not interested in a ceasefire; their interests are to project Iran's needs, not the interests of the Palestinians in Gaza.

For this very reason Hamas has spent billions in building hundredths of underground bunkers, terror tunnels into Israel, and getting tens of tons of precursors to build armaments, instead of using the resources to better the lives of ordinary normal Gaza Palestinians. Hamas has had very little difficulty in getting more sophisticated projectiles/rockets, of very long range, into Gaza; so much for their great condemnation of the "Israeli blockade", the blockade is quite porous to ammunition, weapons, precursors, but when it comes to the necessities of life not so much.

It is not the blockade that hurts ordinary Palestinians in Gaza, but it is the fact that after Hamas allocates resources to armaments, not much is left for basic needs. The power shortages, that are voiced by Hamas, they are caused because most of the power is absorbed by the underground armament industry, the ventilation systems in the terror tunnels, and the underground bunkers of the Hamas leaders.

The results of the Hamas armaments industry are most clearly evident = 2500+ rockets/projectiles fired at Israel in the last 18 days, and over 400 rockets/projectiles in the last 3 month before that. Little by little a clearer picture of Hamas is emerging, and it is not at all in any way related to making life better for ordinary Gaza Palestinians. Potentially? as the Israeli Defence Forces degrade Hamas, it maybe more willing to proceed with a ceasefire.

Let us hope that Secretary Kerry gets more traction on the ceasefire, which he has tried to establish for weeks. This third war, started by Hamas, is a totally needless war, and it runs on the suffering of civilians on both sides of the conflict.
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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
July 25, 2014 1:28 PM
The Israelis use their money to provide protection for the civilian population; the Palestinians (don't think it's only those in Gaza wanting Israel out of the way - it is a collective arrangement just as Hezbollah in Lebanon is funded to make trouble with Israel ceaselessly) prefer to spend their money in trouble making and protecting troublemakers whom they use to provoke fight with Israel. Israel has suffered far less civilian casualties because its bunkers protect the civilians, while the Palestinian civilians are used as shield for the fighting lot. The ratio of Palestinian civilian losses to that of Israel is not a function of who wants to kill civilians but who loves its civilians and wants them protected. Ceasefire should be out of the question for now. If Israel does its job well, there will be a ceasefire not asked for but one observed because there are no more fighters to foment trouble - Iran or no Iran to send in more sophisticated arms. Israel should not behave as if it is the one in need of it. If Hamas feels pressed to the wall, then let it ask for ceasefire. But Israel must tighten the sea route blockade (possibly Iran or its oga Russia supplies Hamas weapons by submarines) if it wants the Project Gaza to be effective.

by: Angela from: Brasil
July 25, 2014 11:49 AM
Where is the palestinian soldiers? I recognized the Israel soldier is fightining and protected their people. But I can noticed where is the palestinian soldier, they need to fight to protect their people. I'm so sorry for this terrible war!.

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by: meanbill from: USA
July 25, 2014 12:32 PM
Hamas is the military wing and police of the Gaza Palestinians..... and the Palestinian police in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, are controlled by the occupying Israeli government, and have no authority whatsoever, unless it's provided to them by Israel to stop Palestinian riots, and other Palestinian protests.... The Palestinians, (are Israeli apartheid occupied people), with no state or country of their own.... and only live in the Israeli occupied Palestinian TERRITORIES.......

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