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August 17, 2012 10:26 am

Iran Calls for Israel’s Destruction as Islamic Republic Marks Quds Day

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at an Quds Day rally in Tehran. Photo: Facebook.

Iranian lawmakers called for Israel’s destruction and led rallies where citizens chanted “death to U.S.” on Friday, marking the annual Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) celebrations across the Islamic Republic and throughout parts of the Muslim world.

The holiday takes place on the last Friday of Ramadan every year and was established by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 to garner support for the destruction of the Jewish state, and according to Khomeini, liberate the Palestinian people from Zionist occupation.

Speaking in Tehran on Friday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that World War I and World War II were orchestrated by Zionists in order to help the United States achieve global power.

“Westerners are after [the establishment] of a new Middle East. We are also after a new Middle East which will definitely be formed … but in this new Middle East, there will be no trace of the US and Zionists,” Ahmadinejad said, according to Iranian news outlets.

Friday’s protests, which include events across Europe and Asia, follow a week’s worth of statements from Iranian leaders calling for Israel’s demise.  On Thursday, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei said Israel would “disappear from the geographical landscape” and be replaced by a Palestinian state, while Ahmadinejad offered his own statement on Quds Day from a conference in Saudi Arabia.

“Keeping in mind the occurred developments in the world and the oppressor powers’ great enthusiasm for saving the Zionists, it is a dire necessity that this year’s Quds Day rallies would be held more enthusiastically, at a much broader scale, and with a much wiser attitude than the years before,” he said.

During a speech in Tehran on Friday, Ahmadinejad said, “the very existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to humanity.”

Quds Day demonstrations in Europe and Asia are taking place on Friday as well.  In Pakistan, a bus carrying a group of people to a protest in Karachi was hit with an explosion.

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  • Theresa

    To Shayn.. If Ahmadinejad does not represent your country.. And if he is drawing you into a war you do not want… GET RID OF HIM!

  • Theresa

    Sorry.. This administration’s stupidity leaves a rational person breathless…regardless of who you believe to be right or good or just… The actual,fact that a country this baboon from Iran has been allowed to visit is in fact the very country he vows to destroy???? Really?? He was allowed in here??? And he wasn’t arrested for any of his war crimes? His flagrant flaunting to the world court that he has not been shipping weapons grade uranium when he clearly has?? But we just turn our cheek and pretend he is a respectful leader???
    Oh yea.. I forgot.. We have cowtow to this administration’s timeline, again.. Not to tread on BO’s toes for re-election.. Al the while the rest of the world, again, see the only thing which is of any interest to Obama.. Is Obama.. Certainly not his country… He has taken us to the brink of global fiscal collapse because the timeline on the FIRST BIPARTISAN agreement regarding the debt ceiling wasn’t what HE wanted… And AGAIN taking the WORLD to the brink of a work war because He does not want to handle Anything because it may reflect badly on the election…. So what.. We have no leader because HE REFUSES TO LEAD?? AGAIN????? Sorry.. Not my vote.. He is toast!

  • All is fair in love and war, therefore it’s only fair that it should be Iran which now must be destroyed, together with all their pederast evil Islamic Clerics.
    Iran’s membership should be struck from the United Nations.

  • D.B

    Same old wretched lunatic coward Ahmadinejad at it again; making bullets for others to fire. It’s time for the people of Iran to realize just what this maniac will bring on their heads if he is allowed to continue. Please read the history of that other maniac Adolf Hitler and see the destruction which he above all people helped to bring about. Learn from history and don’t let this rotten little coward/maniac do the same to you. Please, the ruling circles of Iran learn from history before it is too late.

  • criticalpol
  • shayn

    vaghan keh kesafatahay khomeini miran to khiyaboom shoar midan be israel va America, alan keh jang misheh maro mindazan jolo!!!! WE REGULAR IRANIANS ARE NOT FIGHTING THIS WAR. shoma arabzadeh berin bejangid bemirid, ma iraniharo tanha bezarin.

  • Yitzhak

    Wait for it… the predictable whining from the Joo-haters that poor old Ahmadinejad was ‘misquoted’….

  • Chaya

    What’s Quds? Isn’t there a vowel missing after the “U”?
    Does it have anything to do with SCUDS? Anything to do with the month of Elul?