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Iranians chant 'Death to Israel' as Jerusalem Day protests begin
Iranians have begun anti-Israel “Jerusalem Day” rallies across the countrym callinf for 'death to Israel.'

 

The rallies, including one at Tehran University, were expected to last through Friday prayer ceremonies.

 

Chanting “Death to Israel,” demonstrators protested against what they say is Israel’s "occupation" of Jerusalem, the city where Muslims believe Islam’s Prophet Muhammad began his journey to heaven. Palestinians want East Jerusalem for their future capital.

 

Iran does not recognize Israel and supports anti-Israeli militant and terror groups such as Hamas, which rules Gaza, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

 

Demonstrators also chanted anti-American slogans to condemn the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

 

Iran has marked Al-Quds Day since the start of its 1979 Islamic revolution. Al-Quds is the historic Arabic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day is an occasion to express support for the Palestinians.

 


First published: 06.08.18, 10:33