Chants against Saudi Arabia as Iran marks Jerusalem Day

Marsha Scott
June 24, 2017

In Tehran's Vali-ye Asr street, three mid-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles were displayed, including the Zolfaghar missile that Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards used on Sunday to target bases of the IS in eastern Syria.

Chants against the Saudi royal family and the Islamic State group mingled with the traditional cries of "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" at Jerusalem Day rallies across Iran on Friday.

Rouhani told reporters on Friday that Al-Quds Day is an global event and its message to the world is "detestation of the occupying regime (of Israel) and support for the great nation of Palestine", official IRNA news agency reported.

"Daesh (IS), America and Israel are all the same".

State media reported that "millions" took to the streets in Tehran and other Iranian cities on Friday, shouting "Death to Israel".

Iran's ballistic missile program has been the subject of persistent concern in Washington and the target of repeated USA sanctions.

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In a speech to the crowd in the capital, parliament speaker Ali Larijani called Israel the "mother of terrorism".

The struggle against the Zionist regime of Israel, remarked the maximum spiritual and political leader of the Persian nation, is also 'the fight against arrogance and imperialism, and that is why USA politicians consider it a hostile action.' Majlis (parliament) President Ali Larijani recalled that the great powers have long sought to discourage Muslim peoples and governments from backing the Palestinian issue by exhausting them and telling them that the cause has failed after decades.

The concept has since been unofficially adopted by several countries around the world, and often expresses opposition to Zionism as a whole as well as the occupation of the Palestinian Territories and the importance of Jerusalem as a holy city in Islam.

The rally also inaugurated a huge digital countdown display at Tehran Palestine Square, showing that Israel will allegedly cease to exist in 8,411 days.

Another missile on display at the Tehran rally was the Ghadr, with a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) that can reach both Israel and USA bases in the region. Newly re-elected moderate also President Hassan Rouhani took part in the march.

"Defending Palestine means to defend the truth which is a far greater fact than the Palestinian issue itself, ' said Iranian Islamic Revolution supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting with professors and other university academicians".

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