Qods Day Commemorations Highlight Tehran's Global Reach

(Long War Journal) Amir Toumaj - The Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies abroad on Friday commemorated Qods (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event established by Ayatollah Khomeini. Qods Day marches were held in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America, highlighting Iran's influence and global reach. Across several cities in Iraq, militiamen of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) led marches calling for "death to America" and "death to Israel." In Damascus, Fatah and the pro-Assad Arab Nationalist Guard participated in Qods Day marches. In Latin America, Qods Day events were held in Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador and Venezuela. Protesters marched in Tanzania and Nigeria, as well. In Berlin and London, several hundred marched waving Hizbullah flags and effigies of Khomeini and Khamenei. Pro-Palestinian activists marked Qods Day in New York City and Toronto. In most cases, Iranian embassy staff helped organize Qods Day. The writer is a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2017-06-28 00:00:00

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