Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of Palestinians, Nelson Mandela.
This year, the International al-Quds Day falls on Friday, July 1, but it would be commemorated on the weekend in over 70 countries around the Globe. The largest rallies, as usual, would be in Iran – the birth place of the al-Quds Day in 1980.
In Toronto the rally will be held on Saturday July 2, 2016, at Queens Park at 3:00 pm. Later the participants will march towards US Consulate at 360 University Ave. The rally is supported by Jewish Rabbis and many other Jewish, Christian, Muslim and human rights organizations that oppose the war crimes and state terrorism by Zionist regime.
The Jewish Defense League Canada, B’nai B’rith and other anti-Iran groups have urged the provincial government lead by pro-Israel Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne to ban the rally at the Queens Park. They have also appealed to pro-Israel Torontonians to join a counter protest rally against Israel-haters at the Queens Park.
Like last year, Ken Stone, a founding member of Independent Jewish Voices (Canada) will be one of the several keynote speakers at the rally.
On May 13th, 2016, Ken Stone delivered a speech at a dinner in Toronto to honour 27th anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of 1979 Islamic Revolution (listen below).
Ilana Shneider at the Jewish Media Agency (June 28, 2016) cried WOLF by claiming that Holocaust denier and extremist Jewish group Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), clueless gay activists from Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, and anti-Israel, anti-gay Neturei Karta (Torah Jews) will participate the al-Quds rally on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Iran’s ‘moderate president’ Sheikh Hassan Rouhani urged Muslims around the world to make it their sacred duty to participate in al-Quds rallies in support of nine million oppressed Palestinians. In Iran over 850 cities including Tehran are planning to hold al-Quds rallies on Friday July 1, a holiday in the country. He urged the Iranian nation to renew their allegiance with the late Imam Khomeini by staging a rally which would signify seven decades of the sufferings by homeless Palestinians.
The Palestine Foundation in Pakistan held a photo gallery to commemorate Quds Day under the title of “O Quds We Are Coming” on Monday evening, June 20, 2016. Hundreds of Pakistanis, including children, youngsters and elders, visited the exhibition to express solidarity with the Palestinians.