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Happy Qods Day Everybody! Death To US!

From the wire services:

Shi’ite Muslims burn an effigy of U.S. President George W. Bush as well as U.S. and Israeli flags during a rally to mark Jerusalem Day in Karachi October 5, 2007.

Pakistani women stage a demonstration for ‘Al-Quds Day’ (Jerusalem Day), in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007.

Protesters shout slogans to mark the International Al-Quds Day during a demonstration in front of Fatih Mosque in Istanbul October 5, 2007. The banner reads “Intifada in Palestine, struggle in Iraq will win”.

Protesters attend a demonstration in front of Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, October 5, 2007, to mark the annual Al-Quds Day. The banner reads “Killer Israel get out of Palestine. Jerusalem has been under Zionist invasion for 40 years.”

Holding pro-Palestinian posters, Iranian protesters chant slogans during an anti-Israel rally called ‘Al-Quds Day’ (Jerusalem Day), in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. ‘Al-Quds Day,’ Arabic for Jerusalem, is a national holiday established by the Iranian late spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to assert Muslim claims on the holy city. After Khomeini toppled the pro-Western Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1979, he declared the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as an international day of struggle against Israel and for the liberation of Jerusalem.

Muslims shout anti-U.S. slogans during a protest in Jammu, India, Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. The demonstration was against what the protesters said is illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel.

Kashmiri Shiite Muslim protesters shout anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans, as they burn an Israeli flag during a demonstration in Srinagar, India, Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. Dozens of people in Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir demonstrated Friday in support of Palestine.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad supporters burn U.S and British flags during a protest to mark the annual Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, in the northern Gaza strip October 5, 2007.

A boy carries a poster of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and waves a Palestinian flag during a rally organized by the group for Jerusalem day in Beirut’s suburbs, October 5, 2007.

Afghans carry effigies of the U.S. President Geroge Bush (L) and Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during an anti-Israel rally to mark Jerusalem Day in Kabul October 5, 2007.

An effigy of the U.S. President Geroge W. Bush is burned upside down during an anti-Israel rally to mark the Jerusalem Day in Kabul October 05, 2007.

From Iran’s IRNA:

Demonstrators burn Israeli flags while attending a demonstration to mark the anniversary of Jerusalem Day in Tehran October 5, 2007.

Zionist regime’s flag set ablaze

Tehran, Oct 5, IRNA

International Qods Day ralliers in Tehran on Friday set the flag of the Zionist regime ablaze to show their resentment of the Zionist regime’s crimes in the occupied territories.

The ralliers, chanting slogans such as “Death to the US” and “Death to Israel”, also set an effigy bearing the US flag on fire.

They also set the effigies of the US President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on fire in the ceremony.

The Tehranis carried the Palestinian flags, crying, “Palestine is victorious and Israel is doomed to failure.”

They renewed allegiance with Palestinian Intifadha and liberation of Qods, the first Qibla of Muslims.

Even Mr. Ahmadinejad has joined in the festivities:

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, top, speaks during a Friday Prayers ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. Millions of Iranians attended nationwide rallies Friday, ‘Al-Quds Day,’ the Arabic name for Jerusalem Day, in support of the Palestinians, while Ahmadinejad said Israel’s continued existence was an ‘insult to human dignity.

President Ahmadinejad joins Int’l Qods Day ralliers

Tehran, Oct 5, IRNA

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has just joined large groups of people taking part in the International Qods Day rallies here.

The fasting people taking part in the rallies are chanting such slogans as “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” with clenched fists and expressed support for strong stance of President Ahmadinejad during his recent speech at the UN General Assembly and Columbia University in New York.

The president also chanted slogans against arrogant policies of the occupying regime of Qods and voiced support for the oppressed Palestinian people.

The International Qods Day rallies were initiated by the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran Imam Khomeini to voice the protest of the Islamic Ummah against Zionists.

Protesters in Tehran are crowding the streets leading to Tehran University campus where the Friday Prayers ceremony will be led by Head of the Assembly of Experts and the Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani later on.

Wait, there’s more:

Annual al-Qods Day march gains support in London

London, Oct 5, IRNA

This year’s annual al-Qods Day march in central London has gained wider recognition after receiving support not only from diverse Muslim groups but others sympathetic to the injustices of Palestine under Israeli occupation.

The march on Sunday is again being supported by such orthodox Jewish groups as Neturei Karta as well as uniting more Muslim organizations.

Others adding their name for the first time include the anti-war Respect Party and the 1990 Trust, the first national organisation in the UK that was set up to protect and pioneer the interest of Britain’s Black communities.

The march, to express solidarity with the dispossessed Palestinians, has been held annually around the world since the late leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini, designated the last Friday in the holy fasting month of Ramadan as Qods Day in 1981.

“The Muslims of the world should view Qods Day not only as a day for all the Muslims of the world, but one for all the deprived, and from that sensitive point, they should stand against the oppressors and the world-plunderers,” he said.

People, he said at the time 16 years ago, should “not rest until the oppressed have been set free from the oppression of the power- wielders.”

This year’s march in London, with such slogans as “End Child Killing, End Oppression and End Israeli Apartheid, is being held from Marble Arch to Trafalgar Square.

Amongst the speakers is the Respect MP, George Galloway, who set up the anti-war party after he was expelled from Britain’s ruling Labour Party for making outspoken criticisms of the US-led Iraq war in 2003.

Supporting the commemoration, the Islamic Human Rights Commission said that it should not matter what nationality or religion the originator of an idea hails from, “the idea itself should stand on its own merits – something the concept of Al-Qods Day does.”

And more wire service photos:

An Iranian boy holds a plastic gun as he stands in front of pictures of Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R) and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, while attending a demonstration to mark Jerusalem Day in Tehran October 5, 2007.

An Iranian boy dressed as a member of Iran’s revolutionary guard wears a Palestinian head scarf and holds a plastic gun while attending a demonstration to mark Jerusalem Day in Tehran October 5, 2007.

Pakistanis stage a demonstration for ‘Al-Quds Day’ (Jerusalem Day), in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. Al-Quds Day is a way of expressing support to the Palestinians and emphasizing the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims.

Palestinians children take part in a rally to mark the Jerusalem Day at the Yarmuok refugee camp near Damascus October 5, 2007.

Don’t you wish it could be Qods Day all year ’round?

Well, in some places maybe it is. And that’s the problem.

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