Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on the Palestinians not to give up on a “grain of sand or drop of water” in its fight for a state, as Jerusalem Day anti-Israel protests were held throughout the Muslim world on Friday to show support for the Palestinian cause.
The late supreme leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, declared the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan to be Quds, or "Jerusalem Day" and called for annual mass rallies against Israel and in support of the Palestinians.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addressed an anti-Israel rally in the Lebanese city Maroun al-Rass on Friday, saying “Jerusalem is becoming more and more Jewish every day, but as far as we are concerned, Palestine is from the [Mediterranean] ocean to the [Jordan] river, and no one has any right to give up one grain of its land or one drop of its water.”
The Islamist leader continued, saying that Maroun al-Rasshas, site of Nakba Day clashes earlier this year, has become a symbol of the struggle against the Israeli occupation.
Nasrallah then called on the Arab League and leaders of the Muslim world to recognize the Palestinian right to Jerusalem.
The Hezbollah leader said that the entire occupation of Palestine is the core of the problem, adding that the focus must be on expelling Israel. Nasrallah claimed that “Gadhafi served Israel and the West’s interests”, and commended the Libyan rebels for their efforts to oust him.
Iran also held an anti-Israel rally in Tehran Friday, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the Holocaust was a "big lie" used to justify establishment of the state of Israel.
"The Zionist regime's establishment was based on numerous deceptions and lies and one of the biggest lies was the Holocaust," Ahmadinejad said in a speech after the rally in Tehran and other Iranian cities.
"On the one hand we have the Zionist regime as the global axis of thieves and murderers and on the other hand we have the Quds Day which is the axis of those seeking freedom, justice and end of suppression," the president reiterated Friday at Tehran University.
The crowd at the university greeted the president's remarks with cries of Allah Akbar, meaning God is great, and by chanting anti-Israel slogans.
According to state television, millions of people attended the state-run anti-Israel rallies throughout the country to voice their support for Palestinians and its liberation from what they called Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
Ahmadinejad on Wednesday called for the eradication of Israel, saying that Iran would "never ever withdraw from this standpoint and policy."
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