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Iranians hold Iftar for Palestinian worshippers at Al Aqsa Mosque

Crescent International

An Iranian NGO has found a novel way to express solidarity with the oppressed and brutalized Palestinian people. A mass Iftar (breaking of fast) was organized at the Aqsa Compound on July 8 by the International Union of Unified Ummah. Despite attempts by the Zionists to prevent Palestinians from entering the Aqsa Compound, the Iftar went ahead and was a huge success.

Thursday July 9, 2015, 15:27 DST

On the eve of the International Day of Quds, Iranians organized a public Iftar for Palestinian worshippers at Al Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday July 8. The Iftar program went ahead despite major hurdles thrown by the Zionists. The Zionist occupiers wanted to sabotage the event but failed. It was organized by the International Union of Unified Ummah, a Tehran-based non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

The Unity and Resistance Iftar became possible through the humanitarian and charitable contributions of Iranian people that have expressed unstinting support for Palestinians suffering under Zionist occupation. The Zionist occupiers tried to prevent the Palestinians from entering the Aqsa Compound but most managed to overcome the gauntlet. The Iftar was welcomed by the Palestinians that live under a tight siege and suffer daily brutality of the Zionist occupiers.

Each Friday, the Zionists deliberately prevent Palestinians from entering the compound to offer Jumuah Salat, the most important prayer of the week. Palestinians from outside Jerusalem are prevented from entering the city. Those residing within the city and between the ages of 15 to 55 are prevented from entering the compound to offer Salat. The bold and imaginative move by the International Union of Unified Ummah has created a wave of goodwill among the Palestinians who have been largely left isolated by the rest of the Muslim Ummah. n fact, the Saudi regime (led by the Najdi Bedouins) has made a public alliance with the Zionists to frustrate the realization of Islamic self-determination in the region including that of the Palestinians.

The International Day of Quds, organized on the last Friday of Ramadan has now become a global phenomenon. Millions of people participate in it each year. There are nearly 25 cities across North America also holding Quds Day rallies. The largest rally in North America is held in Toronto. While most cities will hold the rally on Friday July 10, the Toronto rally is scheduled for Saturday July 11. The Saturday rally enables more people—Muslims, Christians, Jewish and others—to participate because it is a holiday. This year’s Toronto rally will be held opposite the US Consulate in Toronto starting at 3 pm. Last year’s rally in Toronto attracted nearly 25,000 participants because of the Zionist onslaught on the Gaza Strip. n estimated 2,200 Palestinian civilians, one-third of them children, were murdered by the Zionists, according to UN figures.

Much of Gaza’s infrastructure has been destroyed and remains in ruin. The Zionists prevent any outside help from being sent to rebuild the shattered enclave. The military regime of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, meanwhile has blown up most of the tunnels through which the Palestinians used to smuggle much needed goods, including desperately needed medicines. The Zionists and their Arabian puppets would rather see the Palestinians die of preventable and curable diseases than get some medicine to treat themselves.

The International Quds Day was declared by the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini as an international day of struggle against Israel and for the liberation of al-Quds in Jerusalem, the first Qibla of Muslims.


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