A few short months after he took over Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the radical Shiite scholar and leader of the Islamic revolution of 1979, started a hate tradition called Al-Quds Day.
Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and the day was designated as a day to protest against Israel. Forty years later, Al-Quds Day marches and rallies – mainly calling for the destruction of Israel and Jews — continue all over the world, including in North America.
Rallies were held in Freemont (California), Houston, Dearborn (Michigan), Chicago Boston and Manhattan.
At the rally in Dearborn, held in front of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, an unidentified speaker cursed America. According to a report by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute):
“[The speakers noted that] the ‘beloved Leader’ Imam Khamenei said that Israel will crumble in less than 25 years and that the “cancer” of Israel can only be removed through resistance and reliance on Allah. Referring to American politicians and the U.S. government as satanic, he said that Hamas, Hizbullah, the IRGC, and anybody else fighting against Israel have a God-given right to resist.
Sheikh Usama Abdul Ghani, a D.C.-born Shiite imam who studied at the Islamic Seminary in Qom, Iran, also spoke at the event, saying that Israel is the ‘head of the snake’ behind all the oppression in the world. He also referred to Israel as a “system of cancerous oppression.”
The audience chanted: “Away with the humiliation!” The video was streamed live on Facebook by the Al-Quds Committee, which describes itself as “an effort to peacefully raise the voice against atrocities and human rights violations of Zionism.”
During the rally in Manhattan, held in Times Square, one of the speakers, identified as Rokeya Begum, chanted, “We don’t want Jew states. We want 48,” a reference to the Israeli-Arab war of 1948 (see video below).
In addition, Begum said, “From New York to Gaza, globalize the intifada.” (The intifada is the popular armed and violent uprising the Palestinians wage against Israel.)
Begum is part of an organization called Within Our Lifetime, an organization that is so anti-Israel it refuses to even discuss issues such as normalization or peace in the region.
Aside from Al-Quds Day, Within Our Lifetime most recently promoted an event about Palestine featuring Rasmea Odeh, a convicted terrorist. Odeh, who has been embraced by sharia-activist and Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour, was sentenced to life in prison in Israel in 1969 for a terrorist bombing that killed two people.
She was later released as part of a prisoner exchange and emigrated to the U.S. in 1994. When she was eligible to become a citizen, however, she lied about her terrorism conviction on her application. She was subsequently deported from the U.S. in 2018.
Activist Marya Abbas, who Clarion Project reported on earlier this year as one of the organizers of an event at Columbia University promoting the Iranian regime, was also spotted at the rally carrying a green binder labeled “Speakers.”
Although there was no footage of Abbas speaking at the Al-Quds Day event this year, she was one of the speakers at the 2018 Al Quds Day in NYC, where she represented Muslim Congress.
One unidentified speakers at the NYC rally (ironically) said the goal of the rally was to “send a peaceful message.”
Yet, given the tone of the rally and the fact that it was initiated and is promoted by terror-supporting dictatorships like the Islamic Republic of Iran, we can safely say its message is the exact opposite.