The Iranian media outlet, AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA), has published the Iranian regime’s Call for Paper for the “Third International Congress of Holy Quds,” to be held in Tehran on the eve of the International Al-Quds Day on April 27 and 28, 2022. The deadline for submitting papers is April 16, 2022.
To those unfamiliar with the theocratic regime’s obsession with Al-Quds (the Islamic name of Jerusalem), a short explanation is needed. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder the Islamic Republic of Iran, postulated that the liberation of Jerusalem from Israel, commonly referred to as the “Little Satan” or the “Zionist entity,” is a sacred obligation of all the world’s Muslim. On August 7, 1979, he proclaimed an annual Quds Day, a day of solidarity with the Muslims of Palestine: “I invite Muslims all over the globe to consecrate the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as Al-Quds Day and to proclaim the international solidarity of Muslims in support of the legitimate rights of the Muslim people of Palestine. For many years, I have been notifying the Muslims of the danger posed by the usurper Israel which today has intensified its savage attacks against the Palestinian brothers and sisters, and which, in the south of Lebanon in particular, is continually bombing Palestinian homes in the hope of crushing the Palestinian struggle. I ask all the Muslims of the world and the Muslim governments to join together to sever the hand of the usurper and its supporters. I call on the Muslims of the world to select as Al-Quds Day the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan- which is itself a determining period and can also be the determiner of the Palestinian people’s fate- and through a ceremony demonstrating the solidarity of Muslims world-wide, announce their support for the legitimate rights of the Muslim people. I ask God Almighty for the victory of the Muslims over the infidels.”
Khomeini also issued a fatwa urging the elimination of the “Zionist entity” as a religious duty incumbent on all Muslims. Al-Quds Day also provides support of “oppressed peoples” against “arrogant, oppressive powers.”
Over time, the Al-Quds Day initiative has grown in scope and prominence, with Iran organizing scores of events around the world. The Washington-based United Against Nuclear Iran published a report on the Quds Celebrations, in January 2021. The report noted: “While ostensibly Quds Day’s primary focus is on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran sees this localized struggle as part of a broader global initiative. By hosting Quds Day celebrations around the world, Iran seeks to frame the Palestinian struggle as a pan-Islamic cause, and to claim the leadership mantle as the preeminent defender of the Palestinians.”
The Iranian regime has organized several conferences on the subject, in search for legitimacy.
In the Second International Holy Quds Congress, Naser Abou-Sharif, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement representative, said that Iran supports Palestine at all political, financial, and spiritual levels. He stated that the Palestinians have resisted for over a hundred years, and their resistance had been a key factor in their victory. “The Palestinians need support since the Zionist Regime surrounds them,” he added. “To resist Israel, Iran has supported the Palestinians from the beginning days and has paved the way for them to become more powerful,” he concluded.
In a similar vein, last month, ABNA reported that the Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, who heads the Islamic Movement in Israel, has “affirmed that al-Quds and the Aqsa Mosque are part of the [Islamic] nation’s inalienable constants and cannot be waived.” He delivered a speech in Nablus, in the Palestinian Territories, as part of al-Quds Global Week. He stated that “al-Quds and the Aqsa Mosque are the crown of our Islamic and Arab Palestinian constants. Any nation that respects itself should be adherent to its constants and hold on to them with all their might.”
The wide reach of the regime’s anti-Israeli crusade is notable in the conference scheduled for late April. The participants in the event are, The Committee for the Support of Palestine of Presidential Administration of Islamic Republic Iran”; “International Conference for the Support of Palestine of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Islamic Republic Iran”; “Islamic Human Rights Commission”; “AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly”; “The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought”; “Center for International Relations of Seminaries”; “World Assembly of Islamic Awakening”; “International Union for United Ummah”; “Society for the Defending of Palestinian Nation”; “Kowsar Institute of Turkey”; “Cultural Committee of Arbaeen Headquarters”; “Namayesh TV Channel”; and “Ebrat Internet TV Channel”.
The call for papers lists the topics that would be discussed in the congress: The Holy Quds, the Axis of Unity among Muslim Ummah; The Legal Aspects of the Zionist Regime’s Invasion and Occupation; Coexistence of Groups and Religions’ Followers in the Post-Zionism Palestine; The Muslim Ummah’s Responsibility against Atrocities of the Zionist Regime; The Role of the Zionist Regime in the Crises and Challenges of the West Asian Region; A Comparative Study of the Representation of the Military Attack on Palestine (Gaza) and Ukraine in Western Media; Investigating the Reasons for the Media Boycott and Distortion of the Israeli Military Attack on Palestine, Lebanon and Syria; The Dimensions of the Crimes of the Zionist Regime in Palestine Israel, the Symbol of State Terrorism.
The attempt to paint Israel as the epitome of a criminal regime that murders the Palestinians is evident. It should be noted that the Iranian theocracy has invested considerable efforts to spread these views in the academy. For example, the writings of Ilan Pappe, whose take on Israel is in line with the regime’s propaganda, have been translated into Farsi. Pappe has appeared on Press TV, the English-language propaganda organ of Tehran. Likewise, Shlomo Sand, who infamously denies that Jews are a people, let alone entitled to a state of their own, was also interviewed on Press TV.
It has been commonplace to assume that Arab states such as Qatar, Kuwait, and others, have spent generously on promoting academic scholarships in the West that accuse Israel of violating international norms. Much less is known about the network of institutions and endowments which sponsor Iran’s campaign to eliminate Israel.
March 19, 2022 – 7:39 PM News Code : 1240859 Source : ABNA
On the eve of International Quds Day 2022, the “The 3rd International Congress of Holy Quds” will be held.
Participants in the congress are “Committee for the Support of Palestine of Presidential Administration of Islamic Republic Iran, “International Conference for the Support of Palestine of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Islamic Republic Iran”, “Islamic Human Rights Commission”, “AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly”, “The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought”, “Center for International Relations of Seminaries”, “World Assembly of Islamic Awakening”, “International Union for United Ummah”, “Society for the Defending of Palestinian Nation”, “Kowsar Institute of Turkey”, “Cultural Committee of Arbaeen Headquarters”, “Namayesh TV Channel”, and “Ebrat Internet TV Channel”.
Call for Papers: The 3rd Intl. Congress of The Holy Quds
The holy Quds, the Axis of Unity among Muslim Ummah,
The Legal Aspects of the Zionist Regime’s Invasion and Occupation,
Coexistence of Groups and Religions’ Followers in the Post-Zionism Palestine,
The Muslim Ummah’s Responsibility against Atrocities of the Zionist Regime,
The Role of the Zionist Regime in the Crises and Challenges of the West Asian Region,
A Comparative Study of the Representation of the Military Attack on Palestine (Gaza) and Ukraine in Western Media,
Investigating the Reasons for the Media Boycott and Distortion of the Israeli Military Attack on Palestine, Lebanon and Syria,
The Dimensions of the Crimes of the Zionist Regime in Palestine
Israel, the Symbol of State Terrorism
Deadline for submitting papers: April 16, 2022
The conference will be held on April 27 and 28, 2022 in Tehran.
Sheikh Salah: Al-Quds and Aqsa are part of the nation’s constants
February 23, 2022 – 9:05 AM News Code : 1232476 Source : Palestine Info Center Link: http://abna.cc/bRZx
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in 1948 occupied Palestine, has affirmed that al-Quds and the Aqsa Mosque are part of the nation’s inalienable constants and cannot be waived.
This came in a speech delivered by Sheikh Salah in a symposium held on Monday by the Syndicate of Engineers in Nablus as part of al-Quds Global Week.
“Those who give up their constants condemn themselves to death, and our nation does not allow that. We should continue to uphold our constants, especially Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque,” Sheikh Salah underlined.
“We are certain that the issue of al-Quds will emerge victorious, so this is why we are with this cause,” he said.
“al-Quds and the Aqsa Mosque are the crown of our Islamic and Arab Palestinian constants. Any nation that respects itself should be adherent to its constants and hold on to them with all their might,” he added.
The Second International Congress of the “Holy Quds” to be held.
The deadline for submitting papers will be May the 2nd and the date of the congress will be May 4 and 5, 2021.
According to the Al-Arbaeen News Agency, the International Congress of the Holy Quds is to be held with the following topics.
Topics and themes:
1. Palestine and the Holy Quds; the common issue of the Islamic Ummah
2. Islamic Resistance and the Holy Quds
3. Palestinian resistance and defending the Holy Quds
4. The hidden and overt policies of the Zionist regime in the occupation of the Holy Quds
5. The unity of the Islamic Ummah and defending the Holy Quds
6. Human rights and occupation of the Zionist regime
7. UN resolutions on Palestine and the Zionist regime and their consequences
8. Decline of the US power and future of the Zionist regime
9. Ashura culture and defending the Holy Quds
10. Arbaeen Hussaini and the Holy Quds
11. The martyred Commanders of Resistance and the Holy Quds
12. Al-Quds in the thought of Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader
13. State terrorism of Zionist regime and regional crises
14. Normalization of relations between the governments of Islamic countries and the Zionist regime and betraying the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds
15. Extremism, terrorism and the issue of Palestine
16. Resistance Front and defending the Holy Sanctuary of Quds
17. Scholars of the Islamic world and the Holy Quds
18. Abrahamic religions and the Holy Quds
19. Artistic representation of the occupation of the Holy Quds
20. The reasons of the continuation of the occupation of Al-Quds and the strategies for its liberation
21. Al-Quds as the axis of cultural relations of the Islamic world
Deadline for submitting works:
The deadline for submitting works to this congress is 2 May 2021.
How to send works:
The detailed abstract of the articles should be between 700 and 1000 words and after being reviewed and accepted, the main article will be received by the Congress.
The works will be received only through email@example.com.
Please send full details such as your name and contact number at the bottom of the article
Date of the congress:
The congress will be held on May 4 and 5, 2021.
Tuesday: 4 May 2021 equal to 21 Ramadan 1442
Tehran 17:00; Mecca 15:30; London 12:30
Wednesday: 5 May 2021 equal to 22 Ramadan 1442
Tehran 17:00; Mecca 15:30; London 12:30
Virtual Int’l Congress of Holy Quds kicks off in Qom
Qom, May 4, IRNA – The second International Congress of Holy Quds started work virtually in Qom in the presence of national and international figures aiming to commemorate the World Quds Day. The event’s speeches will be held in Persian, English and Arabic.
Participants will discuss the issue of Palestine, human rights, Zionist regime tricks for occupying Holy Quds, UN resolutions on Quds, Palestine and the Islamic Ummah.
The event will be held with participation of 30 scientific and cultural figures from Iran, Palestine, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, France, Argentina, Iraq, Turkey, Chile, UAE, Lebanon, Syria, UK, Canada and Tunisia on May 4-5.
In Ramadan of 1979, the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini designated the lat Friday of the holy month as the Quds day to the world and said in a speech: “I call on all Muslims and Muslim governments to unite in order to get the hands of this occupier (Israel) and it supporters off Palestine and call on all Muslims around the world to name the last Friday of Ramadan month as the ‘Quds Day’ and declare the international solidarity of Muslims in supporting legal rights of (Palestinian) Muslims.”
Since then, the world’s freedom-seekers, especially in Islamic countries, have been staging massive rallies and organized special ceremonies to mark the occasion.
IRAN’S ANTI-ISRAEL IDEOLOGY: QUDS DAY
Table of Contents
Iran’s Anti-Israel Ideology: Quds Day ……………………………………………………………………………………. 1
Background ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1
Quds Day Around the World ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
Quds Day Quotables ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Iran’s Anti-Israel Ideology: Quds Day
Quds Day (“Jerusalem Day”), held on the last Friday of Ramadan, is an annual day of protest organized by the Iranian government against Israel. While nominally about Jerusalem, the Quds Day rally serves as a forum for regime figures to call for hostilities against Israel and the liberation of Palestine, envisaging the inevitable elimination of the “Zionist regime.” “Death to Israel” is a common chant at the rallies, often accompanied by “Death to America. The rhetoric often slides into overt anti-Semitism including characterizations of Zionism as a cosmic evil and statements denying the Holocaust.
On August 7, 1979, shortly after the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini proclaimed Quds Day as an annual day of solidarity against the “usurper Israel.” He declared:
“I invite Muslims all over the globe to consecrate the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as Al-Quds Day and to proclaim the international solidarity of Muslims in support of the legitimate rights of the Muslim people of Palestine. For many years, I have been notifying the Muslims of the danger posed by the usurper Israel which today has intensified its savage attacks against the Palestinian brothers and sisters, and which, in the south of Lebanon in particular, is continually bombing Palestinian homes in the hope of crushing the Palestinian struggle. I ask all the Muslims of the world and the Muslim governments to join together to sever the hand of the usurper and its supporters. I call on the Muslims of the world to select as Al-Quds Day the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan- which is itself a determining period and can also be the determiner of the Palestinian people’s fate- and through a ceremony demonstrating the solidarity of Muslims world-wide, announce their support for the legitimate rights of the Muslim people. I ask God Almighty for the victory of the Muslims over the infidels.”
Quds Day fits into Khomeini’s revolutionary paradigm as a show of resistance in support of “oppressed peoples” against “arrogant, oppressive powers,” and Khomeini went so far as to issue a fatwa declaring the elimination of the “Zionist entity” as a religious duty incumbent on Muslims.
Iranian politicians abidingly attend Quds Day rallies and deliver anti-Israel diatribes to showcase their steadfast commitment to the regime’s opposition to Israel. Tehran’s May 2019 Quds Day festivities were centered around Iran’s rejection of the Trump administration’s forthcoming Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, branded as “the deal of the century.” The procession
featured numerous examples of
incitement, including demonstrators burning American and Israeli flags and effigies of President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In remarks to reporters, President Rouhani declared, “Palestinians will definitely emerge victorious in confrontation with the Zionist aggressors. … The issue of Deal of the Century will undoubtedly turn into the bankruptcy of the century and will certainly not yield results.”
Following the rally, the participants issued a communique in which they vowed to reject negotiations and back armed “resistance” as the only viable path to advance the Palestinian national movement. The statement proclaimed, “Liberation of the al-Quds and all other Palestinian territories from the Zionist (Israel) occupation is the main goal of the Islamic world. The only way to settle the issue of Palestine is to press ahead with resistance, to allow for the return of all displaced Palestinians from around the world to their motherland, and to hold a free referendum to decide the fate of their country.”
Quds Day in 2020 took place on Friday, May 22. Iran, which has been especially hard hit by the coronavirus, weighed canceling the 2020 demonstrations or moving them online. Ultimately, Iran decided to put on a modified Quds Day, which underscored that even a pandemic would not deter the Iranian regime from holding its annual display of demonization of Israel.
Ahead of the 2020 Quds Day, the Office of Iran’s Supreme Leader also released an anti-Semitic poster calling for “the final solution: resistance until referendum,” evoking Nazi-era rhetoric. The poster depicted Jerusalem following a Muslim reconquest with a poster of slain former IRGC-Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani prominently displayed on the city’s walls.
Quds Day Around the World
While ostensibly Quds Day’s primary focus is on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran sees this localized struggle as part of a broader global initiative. By hosting Quds Day celebrations around the world, Iran seeks to frame the Palestinian struggle as a pan-Islamic cause, and to claim the leadership mantle as the preeminent defender of the Palestinians.
Iranian-affiliated agents and entities have helped grow Quds Day internationally, organizing and financing events in over 80 countries annually, including western cities such as New York, London, Berlin, and Toronto. In addition to shows of support for the Palestinians and denunciations of Israel, displays of support for Iran and Hezbollah – including flags, and posters depicting Ayatollah Khomeini, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah – are a staple at Quds Day events worldwide.
Quds Day 2020 Poster
Quds Day and Regime Quotables
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, 2020
Foreign Minister Zarif used a derogatory Persian slur against Jews, calling them “juhood” during an interview with Iranian media: “I cannot imagine any circumstances under which we would officially recognize Israel…What is our solution? [Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei] has stated the solution. It is not throwing the juhood into the sea, or a military attack…The supreme leader has said what the solution is…Our solution is a popular referendum.” The comment caused great controversy, forcing Zarif to walk back his comments on Twitter.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, 2020
“The next question to ask is: why is it a crime to raise doubts about the Holocaust? Why should anyone who writes about such doubts be imprisoned while insulting the Prophet…is allowed?”
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, 2019
“The message of (rallies) today is that al-Quds is not up for sale.”
President Hassan Rouhani, 2019
“The plots that the global arrogance and aggressors have hatched against Palestine and al-Quds will get nowhere. We have no doubts that ultimate victory will be for justice and for Palestine.”
President, Hassan Rouhani, 2018
“Israel can never feel that it is in a safe place.”
General Yahya Rahim Safavi, 2018
“The results of the great rallies on Quds Day are becoming increasingly evident every year…The occupied territories have turned into an unsafe place for the Zionists, and Israel’s dream to make those lands a safe haven for Jewish European migrants and other occupiers is just an illusion.”
Hassan Rouhani, 2017
“The message of Quds Day is that of hatred towards the occupying and usurping regime (Israel) as well as support for the oppressed nation of Palestine.”
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, 2017
“Israel is the most malignant terrorist in the history.”
Deputy IRGC Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, 2016
“In Lebanon alone over 100,000 missiles are ready at all times to fly … at the heart of the Zionist regime. Tens of thousands of other missiles … have been planted across the Islamic world and are awaiting orders so that with the push of a button a sinister and dark
dot on the political geography of the world (Israel) disappears forever,”
Hassan Rouhani, 2014
“In previous Quds Day rallies, the cry was for the land of Muslims and dear Quds, which has been occupied by the occupier, be freed and people return to their homeland. But this year, we are witnessing … genocide in the Palestinian territories.”
President-elect Hassan Rouhani, 2013
“In our region there’s been a wound for years on the body of the Muslim world under the shadow of the occupation of the holy land of Palestine and the beloved al-Qods (Jerusalem)”
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 2012
“The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumour. The nations of the region will soon finish off the usurper Zionists in the Palestinian land… A new Middle East will definitely be formed. With the grace of God and help of the nations, in the new Middle East there will be no trace of the Americans and Zionists.”
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 2010
“If the leaders of the region do not have the guts, then the people of the region are capable of removing the Zionist regime from the world scene.”
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 2009
“The pretext (Holocaust) for the creation of the Zionist regime (Israel) is false … It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim.” “Confronting the Zionist regime is a national and religious duty.” “This regime (Israel) will not last long. … This regime has no future. Its life has come to an end.”
Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 1998
“The Zionist regime is a fake government and homeland which is shaped with millions of homeless Palestinians and hundreds of thousands of Muslim martyrs. I’m sure that in the future we will have Islamic Palestine. I’m sure nothing will remain as the territory of Israel.”
Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 1994
“Can Israel really remain? In my opinion it cannot. That artificial entity cannot survive.”
Parliament Speaker Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 1989
“If in retaliation for every Palestinian martyred in Palestine they will kill and execute, not inside Palestine, five Americans or Britons or Frenchmen, they (Israelis) could not continue these wrongs. It is not hard to kill Americans or Frenchman. It is a bit difficult to kill (Israelis). But there are so many (Americans and Frenchman) elsewhere in the world.”
President Ali Khamenei, 1987
Palestinians “should resist and fight Zionism. This is the message of the whole Iranian people who chant the ‘Death to Israel’ slogan.”
Ayatollah Khomeini, 1979
“I call on the Muslims of the world as well as on all Muslim governments to join forces to cut down this usurper (Israel) and its supporters.”
Second International Congress of Holy Quds
Resistance Front determined to end oppression of Palestine: Senior cleric
Thursday, 06 May 2021 12:11
Qom (IP) – Head of the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom says today; the Resistance Front is determined to end Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people.
Int’l Quds Day; nightmare for Zionists: Iraqi cleric
Wednesday, 05 May 2021 23:49
Qom (IP): The Secretary-General of the Iraqi Academic Association of “Thaqalayn” said that the International Quds Day is a nightmare for the Zionists.
Saving Palestine, religious obligation: Malaysian official
Wednesday, 05 May 2021 20:25
Qom (IP) – The Representative of the Prime Minister of Malaysia in West Asia says Palestine is a holy land that Muslims must defend, and jihad to save Palestine is a religious obligation.
Iran supports Palestine financially, politically: PIJ senior official
Wednesday, 05 May 2021 15:53
Tehran (IP) – The Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement representative says Iran supports Palestine at all political, financial, and spiritual levels.
Normalization of ties with Israel, betrayal of Palestinian cause: Islamic Jihad Movement’s rep.
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 22:09
Qom (IP) – The representative of the Islamic Jihad movement said the normalization of relations with the Israeli regime and indifference to the Quds’ cause is a betrayal of the Palestinian people and helping the enemies of Islam.
Israel, weaker than ever: Iran’s senior cleric
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 21:00
Qom (IP) – The head of Iran’s Seminary said the Israeli regime had become weaker than ever before, as Israel, which had claimed to be safe from all dangers, is under the fire of the resistance.
Oppressed nation of Holy Quds will overcome Israel: Leader’s rep.
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 20:21
Qom (IP) – The representative of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution for Hajj affairs says, with the help of God Almighty, the oppressed and deprived children of Holy Quds will overcome the Israeli criminals.
Iran supports Palestine financially, politically: PIJ senior official
Wednesday, 05 May 2021 15:36 [ Last Update: Wednesday, 05 May 2021 14:52 ]
Tehran (IP) – The Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement representative says Iran supports Palestine at all political, financial, and spiritual levels.
Iran Press/ Iran News: In an interview with Iran Press at the sideline of the meeting entitled “The liberation of Quds is Near,” Naser Abou-Sharif on the importance of Quds Day stated that the Palestinians had been resisting over a hundred years, and their resistance had been the key factor in their victory.
“The Palestinians need support since the Zionist Regime surrounds them,” he noted.
“To resist Israel, Iran has supported the Palestinians from the beginning days and has paved the way for them to become more powerful,” he concluded.
The last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan has been named International Quds Day on the initiative of Late Imam Khomeini, the great founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Today, Nasser Abu Sharif, in the “Liberation of Quds is Near,” said that Quds Day was the day of the progress of the Muslim Ummah against the most dangerous invasion against Islam in history.