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QUDS DAY
1423/2002

London 1st December 2002

Voice of Quds Day


The child's balloon reads "Save the Children of Palestine"

Quds Day rallies are held in every capital of the world. In London, England, the annual Al-Quds Day march this year was held on Sunday 1st December. Al-Quds is the Arabic for Jerusalem, the Holy Land. Al-Quds Day was inaugurated as the last Friday of Ramadan by the late Imam Khomeini 23 years ago as a day of solidarity with the oppressed people of the world, and in particular solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians.


On the Sunday following Al-Quds day,
thousands marched from Hyde Park ...


... through central London ...


... a sea of Palestinian Flags ...


..culminating in a rally at Trafalgar Square.

The event was organised by the The Justice for Palestine Committee, a coalition consisting of the Islamic Centre of England, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Palestinian Return Centre and other groups including Innovative Minds.

Listen to the IHRC radio advert for Quds Day

Speaking on behalf of the Justice for Palestine Committee, Massoud Shadjareh said:

"The IDF and the Israeli regime as a whole have used the pretext of 9/11 to target the Palestinian population of the region with increasing savagery and ferocity. Indeed, in the name of fighting terror the Israelis have killed not only children but UN Aid workers.

Reports in the past few days of curfew violators being forced to strip naked and parade like animals at the behest of Israeli forces show the level of racism and arrogance that fuels the Zionist project. The world cannot continue to remain silent in the face of blatant murder and repression."



Massoud Shadjareh of the Islamic Human Rights
Commission addressing the rally

Wisdom from the Quran


Br.Abbasi (left in brown jacket) reciting the Holy Quran to the crowds

The rally started with a recitation of the Holy Quran in Arabic by Brother Abbasi. Verses 4-7 of the Surah Bani Israel were selected, followed by the short Surah, Al-Nasr (The Help):

In the name of Allah,
the Beneficent, the Merciful

When there comes the help
of Allah and the victory,

And you see men entering the religion
of Allah in companies,

Then celebrate the praise of your Lord,
and ask His forgiveness;
surely He is oft-returning (to mercy).


Download (shift-click) recital (real audio 5 min 38 sec 694Kb)

 


Palestinian and Hizbullah flags lead the march


Ayatullah Mosen Araki (centre in brown) of the
Islamic Centre of England with Majid Ezzir (left with scarf)
of the Palestinian Return Centre at the front of the march



Massoud Shadjareh, Islamic Human Rights Commission

"We have gathered here to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with our oppressed brothers in Palestine. For over 50 years they have been subjected to systematic oppression and occupation which is so barbaric it does not exist anywhere else. They are living under apartheid system - the racist ideology of zionism.
Down Down Zionism"

Massoud Shadjareh
Chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission

Download (shift-click) speech (real audio 1 min 124Kb)


Massoud Shadjareh with members of the Neturei Karta
(Jews against Zionism) behind him

 


A child from the shoulders of his father learns to stand against oppression - "Free Palestine"

THE ART OF RESISTANCE


A series of painted canvases reminiscent of the
art of the Islamic Revolution formed a "moving gallery" during the procession.


"True peace is not merely the absence of tension,
It is the presence of justice"


UN Veto
" The deadly silence of the Security Council on Israeli massacres"


"Stones Versus?"


"The Peace Talk"
The Palestinians have always paid the price
for "Peace Talks" with more land being stolen,
more settlements being built,
more oppression following each peace talk.
Hardly surprising when even the so-called
peace brokers themselves openly work for the zionists

 

 


The flag of the Islamic Republic joins the
sea of Palestinian and Hizbullah flags.



Middle image showing the Intifada reads "The Struggle Goes On"

"I invite Muslims all over the globe
to consecrate the last Friday
of the holy month of Ramadhan as

'Quds Day'

and to proclaim the international solidarity
of Muslims in support of the legitimate rights
of the Muslim people of Palestine."

Imam Khomeini,
Ramadhan 1399AH (August 1979)

 


A young girl proudly waves the Palestinian flag

 

Nureddin Sirin
Imprisoned For Quds Day


Nureddin Sirin, imprisoned in Turkey
for 17 and a half years for organising a Quds Day rally!

Nureddin Sirin was an editor with the Turkish newspaper Selam. In the past he had made known his support for Palestinian self-determination, his opposition to the then illegal occupation of Southern Lebanon and his criticism of Turkish-Israeli relations.

In October 1997 Nureddin Sirin was arrested and sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison for helping organise a Quds Day rally in Turkey, in the Sincan province with then mayor Bekir Yildiz. He was placed in solitary confinement and his properties were confiscated. Reports have emerged that he has been tortured. In September 2001 he was finally moved out of isolation, but confiscated properties were not returned and no one is allowed to visit him.

He managed to smuggle out a message for Quds Day 2002 which was read out at the rally:

He talked of his imprisonment:

"I have no regrets except one -
that I am not outside to help
fight to free Al-Quds"

The rest of us who are free, who are not imprisoned, who have the freedom to do something, need to ask ourselves - what are we doing for Al-Quds?


"Quds Prison", metal art work created in prison by Nureddin Sirin
and his fellow political prisoners before he was moved
into solitary confinement and his personal properties
taken away from him.

 

Help Free Nureddin Sirin

The Islamic Human Rights Commission have been campaigning for the release of Nureddin Sirin. Download the campaign pack below, which includes model letters for you to send. Whilst Turkey is desperately seeking membership of the EU, a spotlight on its embarrassing human rights violations may have an effect - dont delay, write that letter - it can make a difference.

Download "Free Nureddin Sirin" Campaign Pack (PDF format, 113Kb)

 


United in struggle - Palestinian and Hizbullah flags


Muslim clerics (left) united with Jewish clerics (right) against Zionism

NETUREI KARTA:
JEWS AGAINST ZIONISM



Rabbis from the Neturei Karta united with Muslims
condemn Zionism and demand its annulment

The presence of the Neturei Karta as leaders of the Jewish opposition to Zionism has become an integral part of pro-justice anti-zionist rallies in the UK. Although this time they did not address the crowds, their message to the world was clear from their placards:

"Zionist spokesmen do not represent world Jewry"

"Jewish Teaching Was Always Opposed to Zionism"

"Jews true to their faith will never recognise zionist occupation in the Holy Land"

"Zionism is the cause of Mideast bloodshed"

"We await the total annulment of Zionism"

"Stop the Zionist massacre and persecution of the Palestinians"

"Give back to the Palestinians their land, homes and property"

 


Rabbis from the Neturei Karta united with Muslims
condemn Zionism

Listen to lecture by Rabbi Goldstein (Neturei Karta) on Judaism and Zionism

 


"Free Palestine"


Muslim sisters standing up for Palestine



Majid Ezzir, Palestinian Return Centre

"This blessed Al-Aqsa Intifada has awakened the world community, it has given birth to an international boycott of israeli and american goods that is beginning to bite, not only in the Arab and Islamic lands, but even here in the heartland of Europe. People are waking up and discovering the truth - that every pound spend on American and Israeli produce goes to the purchase of arms for the murder of children, many younger than Muhammad al-Durra and Iman Haju. We will never forget you Muhammad Al-Durra..."

Majid Ezzir
Palestinian Return Centre

Download (shift-click) speech (real audio 6 min 761Kb)


Majid Ezzir, Palestinian Return Centre, under the flag of Palestine


Muslim sister waving the Palestinian flag


Muslim sister holds a picture Sheikh Nasrallah
who lead Hizbullah to victory against
the Zionist invaders

GOOD NEWS

Some good news was announced at the rally.

"The mother of Shaheed Muhammad al-Durra gave birth on the 19th of Ramadhan, a few days ago, to another son. And he is named Muhammad. The Zionist should know that for every child they kill there will be thousands rising up to challenge their injustice..."


INTERVIEW WITH
THE MOTHER OF SHAHEED
MUHAMMAD AL-DURRA

 

 


A reporter asked her: "Would she want this boy [the unborn boy] to fight the Israelis when he grows up?"

"As long as there is occupation, resistance must continue." she replies.

 

 


A father shields his son from Israeli snipers bullets

Muhammad al-Durra was 12 years old when on 30th September 2000 he was murdered by Israeli snipers as he took shelter behind his father crouched against a wall. Hundreds of children have been killed by the israelis, many much younger like 18 month old Sara al-Haq shot dead in her village near Nablus only a few hours later, but what made this killing different was that is was captured on film by a French cameraman and broadcast for the whole world to see, the video footage has become an icon of Israeli brutality.

"My son didn't die in vain," said his mother, Amal.
"This was his sacrifice for our homeland, for Palestine."

Muhammads father, Jamal, says his son died for "the sake of al-Aqsa mosque". he himself was hit by 12 bullets and received treatment in Iran.

"He is still in pain but his psychological tragedy is more painful. His son died in his hands and he could not protect him," his wife Amal told a reporter.


Moments later, the son is dead and the
father severely wounded, hit by 12 bullets.

Since the shooting, he has immersed himself in the struggle.
"I believed in the struggle before the death of Mohammed," he says. "The main difference is that I have turned myself into an ambassador to tell the world about our struggle."

That sense of calling has taken the al-Durra's to Iran, Egypt, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates and to the anti-racism conference in South Africa.

Their home is unchanged - a standard refugee shelter with a corrugated asbestos roof - is sparsely furnished with plastic chairs and badly scarred wooden divans, and they still do not own a telephone. It still looks temporary, though it has stood here for decades. This is the only home Muhammad ever knew.

Muhammads mother Amal shares her thoughts:
"These two years have passed like two days,"

"I cry all the time. I've tried to go out, to wedding parties, but I can't be happy like everyone else. I miss him all the time."

"When I go to the market I remember how Muhammad used to come with me."


A mother mourns:
Amal al-Durra, 36, sits besides her son Ali, 8, at their home
in Bourij refugee camp in the Gaza strip after hearing the
news that her son Mohammed had been shot dead.

She is counting down the days to the birth of the new son who will bear his name.

“I have to bring another Muhammed al-Durra into the world,” she explains volubly. “I want to revive the name and to tell Sharon and the "Israeli" soldier who killed him that even if Muhammad died, we can bring more Muhammads into the world. They can’t kill us all.

“A lot of Palestinian women who have had sons killed have got pregnant again. We need many children to come into a land we have to fight for.

“A lot of people said, ‘Give him another name’. They are afraid the same thing will happen to the new Muhammad. But it has to be Muhammad. He was special, my favourite son, so lively and energetic.”

A reporter asked her: Would she want this boy to fight the Israelis when he grows up?

"If he felt in the future that he wanted to participate in the intifada, I wouldn't mind," she replies.

"As long as there is occupation, resistance must continue.

"I don't push my kids to go out to join in the intifada. The land is calling them to do so. Kids watch TV and analyse the situation for themselves. They don't wait for someone to analyse it for them. For them the picture is clear."

 

 


A Muslim sister raises the banner of Palestine


A Palestinian flag protected between two Hizbullah flags



Ayatullah Mosen Araki, Islamic Centre of England

"Twenty three years ago the great leader of the Islamic Revolution declared the last Friday of the Holy month of Ramadan as the day of Quds. He wanted all Muslim to march and protest in support of the oppressed Palestinians. Since then every year Muslims worldwide protest in large numbers against the oppressive Zionist regime..."

Ayatullah Mosen Araki
Leader of the Islamic Centre of England

Download (shift-click) speech (real audio 6 min 771Kb)


Muslim sisters proudly waves the Palestinian flag.
This version includes the Hizbullah emblem at its centre

Sound of Quds Day



Listen to the sound of Quds Day

During the march with drums (dur: 4:38mins)

At the rally - warm up - without drums (dur: 2mins)


Vocal Muslim sisters condemn israel


A family endures the chilly winter day to attend Quds Day

"FREE PALESTINE"
T-SHIRT



Want a trendy T-Shirt?

Newly designed FREE PALESTINE t-shirts were seen at the rally.

The front side has the message "Whose side are you on?" with a picture of 9 year old Farish Oudeh, who was martyred by the Zionists, and the tank. The text under the image reads "The Al-Aqsa Intifada" followed by a bold caption "FREE PALESTINE" and the ihrc logo.


The revers side also has a message

The reverse side has the message "The world stopped nazism, the world stopped apartheid, the world must stop Zionism".

The T-shirts come in two sizes - XL and L, both sizes cost just £7 each (including postage and packaging). Contact IHRC to order yours.


T-Shirt in action, with Hizbullah flag


"Yes to Palestine, No to Sharon"
"Sharon - Arrest Him"

QUDSDAY AROUND THE WORLD

On the day of solidarity with the Palestinian people - Al-Quds Day, rallies were held all around the world from Occupied Palestine to the nations of Africa - from Nigeria to South Africa, throughout the Muslim lands to the capitals of Europe and North America. A few photos are provided below from some of these rallies.

 

BANGLADESH

Bangladeshi Muslims burn U.S. and Israeli flags outside a mosque in Dhaka on November 29, 2002 during an international solidarity day in support of Palestinians. (Reuters)

 

INDONESIA


An Indonesian Muslim activist shouts slogans during a protest in Jakarta on November 29, 2002 during an International solidarity day in support of Palestinians. (Reuters)

PAKISTAN


Pakistani women chant anti-U.S. and Israeli slogans during Al-Quds
day rally Friday, Nov. 29, 2002 in Karachi.(Associated Press)


Pakistani Muslim women carry mock guns as they take part in
Al-Quds day rally in Karachi, November 29, 2002.(Reuters)
A Pakistani Muslim holds pictures of Iranian spiritual leaders during a rally in Lahore on November 29, 2002.(Reuters)

 

SYRIA


A Palestinian girl carries a placard that reads:
'Death to Israel' next to a giant Palestinian flag during the
Jerusalem Day march in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp
on the outskirts of Damascus Friday, Nov. 29, 2002.
(Associated Press)


Demonstrators carry a banner bearing an image of the
Dome of the Rock Mosque of Jerusalem and bearing the
inscription 'Jerusalem, we are coming' during a march of
thousands of Palestinians to mark Jerusalem Day in the
Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus
Friday, Nov. 29, 2002.(Associated Press)

Protesters carrying Palestinian flags and images of Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni during a march of thousands of Palestinians to mark Jerusalem Day in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus Friday Nov. 29, 2002. (Associated Press)

 

IRAN


Hundreds of thousands of Iranians participate in an Al-Quds day
rally in Tehran, Friday, Nov. 29, 2002.(Associated Press)

 

LEBANON


Leader of Hizbullah Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
waves to supporters after a military parade
to mark Al-Quds Day in the southern Lebanese
City of Nabatiyeh Friday Nov. 29, 2002
.(Associated Press)

Extracts from the speech delivered by the Secretary General of Hizbullah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on the Day of Quds
(29 November 2002):

We meet on the day for al-Quds with the great spirit of Imam Khomeini(AS), who announced this day as to become an eternal day that lives in the conscience of the nation, and this is due to its sacrifices. It was also confirmed by Imam Khamenei (may Allah protect him) to maintain the same way and method.

We come to the city of Imam Hussein(AS), and the city of the martyrs and prisoners, to the city that was at the frontier for almost 15 years, fighting, sacrificing, enduring, and offering martyrs including children, where it made its victory due to the blood of its martyrs.

Al-Nabatiyah was the city that sparkled the domestic confrontation with the Zionist enemy early Ashura 1983. We came to this city to be as near as we can to the frontline and the arena of challenge within this central celebration of ours, which will move year after another, from one city to another, in the various regions of Lebanon, in order to create for each city and region its presentation on the day for al-Quds, and create the commitment and vow to al-Quds, the people of al-Quds, and the Imam of al-Quds, and that this cause will never be forgotten.


A unit of Hizbullah take part in a military parade to mark Al-Quds Day
in the southern Lebanese City of Nabatiyeh, Friday Nov. 29, 2002.
(Associated Press)

On this day we must bring the awareness of this tacit world to the criminal Zionist procedures which are demolishing the houses of its original citizens in the city of al-Quds, and its land, in addition to the procedures of terrorizing the citizens of al-Quds to scare them out of the city, which is surrounded by the armed settlements from all sides to separate it from the rest of Palestine.

 

 


" The international resolutions are applied only when they benefit the great powers and the U.S.A., whereas the resolutions that concern our oppressed nations, and regions, are nothing but black and white sheets, and the proof is resolution 425 [calling for Israels immediate expulsion from Lebanese territory] for which no one has done anything for more than twenty years to be applied, and the resistance was the one that expelled the enemy."

 

 

What is most dangerous amongst these procedures is the grave situation encountered by the sacred places of Christianity, and Islam in Palestine. Al-Aqsa Grand Mosque has another story, and here we are talking about a real danger threatening the first Makkah of the Muslims. This danger is represented by the attempts made to destroy of this mosque, an issue that is anxiously awaited by the Zionists, especially at this time, wherein the so-called Christian Zionism is controlling the offices of American decisions. Whoever attempts to read the mind of the Christian Zionism or Talmudic Zionism, who are planning to destroy al-Aqsa Mosque in order to build the temple of Solomon in replacement, will realize that we are approaching this danger, day after day. This danger must not be ignored by Arab rulers, Muslim, Arab and Islamic Nations. Abasing such issue will encourage the Zionists backed by the American Christian Zionists to destroy the mosque, whenever they thought the nation was weak, uncaring, neglecting, and scared; or a nation whose rulers care for nothing but their positions. Positions are not sacred; rather it is al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Church of Nativity.

The Zionists must understand, along with those who are supporting them, that any damage caused to al-Aqsa Mosque will cause the eruption of the entire region. If they want to destroy this mosque, the nation of this mosque will destroy this usurping entity, via the blood of the great martyrs, existing in each house, village, and city, in Lebanon, Palestine, and all the Arab and Islamic countries.


Hizbullah military parade during a rally to mark the Jerusalem Day
held in Nabatiyeh in south Lebanon November 29, 2002. (Reuters)

The day for Al Quds arrives after more than two years of the liberation of a great part of our Lebanese land through the resistance, and arrives after more than two years of the ignited Intifada, which at this time is clearly bearing the name of al-Aqsa Intifada. This occasion confirms that our choice is clear, and that it is the only choice that will restore the land, sacred places, and al Aqsa.

The international resolutions are applied only when they benefit the great powers and the USA, whereas the resolutions that concern our oppressed nations, and regions, are nothing but black and white sheets, and the proof is resolution 425 [calling for Israels immediate expulsion from Lebanese territory] for which no one has done anything for more than twenty years to be applied, and the resistance was the one that expelled the enemy. Nowadays, there are tens of the UN and UNSEC resolutions that were decided concerning al-Quds, and which reject the inclusion of al-Quds in the projects of the settlements, and reject what threatens the sacred places, only these international resolutions remained black and white sheets.

What restores and protects Palestine, is what the Palestinian people have chosen, such as its great martyrs who astonished the world, and who broke into the fortresses with their bodies and weapons to shake the entity and security of this enemy and its settlers. This is the way via which we are looking forward to the conclusive victory, God willing. This Intifada, likewise the resistance, will not end into political reconciliations. Since the first moment, it was ordained for this Intifada to ignite in the name of Allah and the blessed blood of the martyrs that was shed in al-Aqsa Mosque. Its martyrs are seekers of God’s love and His meeting, and nothing will weaken them or their will. This is why this is the Intifada of Victory and Liberation, and will create the miracle sooner than this world could ever anticipate.

 

 


"Today in Palestine, the Intifada is also a state of defense. The Palestinians did not assault anyone. They did not go to Russia, Ukraine, Poland, or Ethiopia, in order to kill the Jews. Instead, these Zionists came from all over the world in order to usurp the land, sacred places, cities, and villages of the others. The Palestinians are doing nothing but defending themselves, and all the martyrdom operations with all of its targets are moral, humane, legitimate, honorable, and are allowable activities, because they aim at eliminating tyranny, occupation, evil, cancer, and corruption."

 

 

On the Day of al-Quds, we must declare the following: we are a nation who does not assault anyone. The resistance in Lebanon was a movement that defended the country, people, dignity, and still is. Today in Palestine, the Intifada is also a state of defense. The Palestinians did not assault anyone. They did not go to Russia, Ukraine, Poland, or Ethiopia, in order to kill the Jews. Instead, these Zionists came from all over the world in order to usurp the land, sacred places, cities, and villages of the others. The Palestinians are doing nothing but defending themselves, and all the martyrdom operations with all of its targets are moral, humane, legitimate, honorable, and are allowable activities, because they aim at eliminating tyranny, occupation, evil, cancer, and corruption.


A commando unit of Hizbullah display skills on ropes, during a
military parade to mark Al-Quds Day in the southern Lebanese
City of Nabatiyeh, Friday Nov. 29, 2002. (Associated Press)

Therefore, we unveil the unjust treatment conducted against Lebanon, Palestine, Arab, and Muslims, especially at this stage, and this is because the people of these regions are defending themselves. We are not war mongers, and we do not want to create war against anyone. But whoever assaults us, occupies our land, soils our sacred places, and wants to disgrace us, will find that our flesh is not edible, and our blood will turn into erupting volcanoes that will shake the land under their feet, regardless of the identity of the aggressor, Jewish-Zionist or American-Zionist, and regardless of which side this aggression and invasion came from.

ON UNITY:

It is also our obligation on the Day of al-Quds to maintain our alertness and give attention to the American administration and the Zionist government along with the autocrats of this world who will work at this stage on crushing the remained strength of our nation. Therefore, we will witness more incitement to provoke the Arab and Muslim nation against each other via inciting the national sensitive issues. We are beginning to hear once more about some satellite TV channels that show programs about Arab, Persian, nations of Afghanistan, and other nations, inciting them against each other. We will witness how enmity and provoking Arab and Islam nations against each other will take place. They will try to revitalize hatred of the past among nations and countries.

 

 


"All Muslims, especially the Shia and Sunni need to unify and cooperate, while each one may maintain his ideological thoughts, concepts, and religious matters. They all must cooperate in order to restore al-Quds and defend the Palestinian people, their religion, and their prophet Muhammad(SAW)"

 

 

What is more dangerous is playing the religious and sectarian strings. The Americans have spoken about crusade in order to provoke Muslims and Christians against each other, especially at this eastern region of the Arab and Islam world. They have reached this level of provocation, and what is worse is that they will try to provoke sections against each other, especially the Shia and the Sunni.


A Hizbullah commando in front of a poster of Imam Khomeni
during a rally to mark the Jerusalem Day in south Lebanon
on November 29, 2002.(Reuters)

We are coming across a time in which the Muslims, all Muslims, especially the Shia and Sunni need to unify and cooperate, while each one may maintain his ideological thoughts, concepts, and religious matters. They all must cooperate in order to restore al-Quds and defend the Palestinian people, their religion, and their prophet Muhammad(SAW), who has been accused by the greater men of the American Zionistic Christianity as being a “terrorist.”

At this time Shias and Sunnis must unite to defend the dignity of this nation against those who want to change the map of the region and cause more separation and divisions, causing people to search for a Shia country here, or Sunni country there; an Arab country here or a Kurdish country there. At this time there are many new satellite TV channels in London and other places, financed by American and Zionist capitalists. There mission is to bring Shia and Sunni clerics in order to start arguments and disputes of the past, even the ideological matters have been incited aiming at provocation, hatred, and raising tensions.

The American administration wants Muslims and Christians, Arabs and non Arabs, Sunni and Shia, other countries and sects, to divide and fight each other, in order to fulfill the dreams of America and "Israel".

I should like to call upon people to maintain their alertness and awareness, and to boycott these American Zionist satellites. Those scientists, clerics, and ideological and cultured people are wrong if they ever thought that they were given the chance to express their thoughts. They must realize that they are nothing but tools played by American and "Israeli" hands, in order to divide Muslims and incite their hatreds.At this stage, we need to unite...

souce: http://www.nasrollah.org/english/hassan/khitabat/khitabat069.htm

 

 


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