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Quds Day - crowds gathering at Marble Arch

Al Quds Day 2010

London 4th September 2010

Every year millions of people around the world come together on Al-Quds Day in solidarity with the oppressed, in particular the oppressed people of Palestine who have been living and dying under Zionist occupation for 62 years now.



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It was in 1979 that Imam Khomeini during the first Ramadan after the victory of the Islamic Revolution inaugerated Al-Quds Day as the last Friday of Ramadan: "Al Quds Day is the day for the weak and oppressed to confront the arrogant powers".

Addressing the Muslims fasting in Ramadan with the worlds "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" he perminantly infused the Palestinian cause in to the heart of the Muslim calendar.

At that time Palestine had been under occupation for 31 years, and now 31 years have past since that inaugeration of Al-Quds Day, and to our collective shame Palestine is still under occupation - now for 62 years.

For more information on what Al Quds Day is and what it isn't please see:

Al Quds Day - Is it for you?

Also a must read is the feature on Imam Khomeini's views on the Jews:

The Question Of The Jews - Imam Khomeini

This year the London Al-Quds Day demonstration was held on Saturday 4th September 2010. As people started assembling in Marble Arch from 2pm onwards, as the coaches from around the country started arriving it, was clear that this was going to be the largest Al-Quds Day demonstration of recent years - perhaps seven thousand people had gathered to march for Palestine. Its was truly a good mix of all the progressive elements coming together for a cause, reminiscent of the Stop the War demos before the invasion of Iraq. There were Palestinian flags, Hizbullah flags, flags of perhaps a dozen nationalities, flags of the left - red flags with hammer and sickle, stop the war, etc. all sharing the space in unity with Palestine.

Supporting organisations included AhlulBayt Islamic Mission, AhlulBayt Societies, FOSIS, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Friends of Lebanon, Islamic Forum of Europe, Innovative Minds, Interpal, Islamic Centre of England, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Islamic Student Association UK, Islamic Unity Society, Lebanese Community UK, Jews Against Zionism, Muslim Association of Britain, Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Student Council, Neturei Karta UK, Palestine Return Centre and Stop the War Coalition.

The march progressed down Park Lane and at the bottom turned to come up the other carriageway of Park Lane and head towards Grosvenor Square to the American Embassy. At several spots along the route elements of the far-right EDL with the Zionist Federation (on the day led by a deputy of the Board of Deputies of British Jews), and Iranian opposition groups ( MKO, royalists and the green movement) tried to incite the demonstrators hurling racist abuse and projectiles at them including beer cans with spilling alcohol, but their numbers were so feeble that most people just ignored them and concentrated on the issue of the day - Palestine.

Traditionally the march would end at Trafalgar Square, but this year like last year it was not available. The Israeli Embassy, just over 3 miles away, was considered out of reach when taking in to account that most people, including the elderly, would be fasting on the day. So the American Embassy - home of Israel's #1 supporter and bank-roller was chosen as rally spot where the demonstration would end.

About a dozen speakers addressed the rally including regular favourites Yvonne Ridley of Viva Palestina, Taji Mustafa of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Sheikh Bahmanpour Princliple of Islamic College, Rabbi Ahron Cohen of Neturei Karta (pre-sabbath recorded message), John Rees of the Stop the Coalition, Daud Abdullah of the Middle East Monitor and Massoud Shadjareh from the Islamic Human Rights Commission. Unfortunately due to a date clash with a conference for anti-zionist Jews, we lost our regular speaker from the secular Jewish anti-zionist tradition. Apart from the speeches there was also poetry recitation and a wonderful rendition of Michael Heart's song for Gaza - "We will not go down" by a young boy Karam.


AL QUDS DAY 2010 SPEECHES
( full video of all speakers )


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Preparation




Each demonstration needs preparation - the different placard designs for the demo



Close up of the placard designs used on the day



The backs of the placards had sayings of Malcolm X and Steve Biko. Also since the demo was to culminate outside the US embassy, one of the designs laid bare the level of financial support US taxpayers give Israel

Gathering at Marble Arch




"Silence is Complicity", "For What Crime?"



"Gaza is Bleeding - Act Now!"



"End Gaza Siege", "For What Crime?"



"Israel Kills Children" . Remember Iman Al-Hams - Israeli officer who fired 17 bullets into a 13 year old Palestinian girl, saying he would do the same again even if she was just 3 years old was acquitted of all charges and promoted to major.[3]



Boycott Israel



We are all Hizbullah



In defence of Palestine - Al-Quds Day



Anti-Zionist Rabbis of the Neturei Karta and Muslim Clergy united against Zionism
"Judaism rejects the Zionist state and condemns its criminal siege and occupation"



End the killing - End Israeli Apartheid



Zionism is Racism



IHRC Chair Massoud Shadjareh giving an interview to Al-Alam News channel



62 Years Occupation Must End - Stop Funding Genocide



Bike decoration - Boycott Israel



Palestinian and Iranian flags



End Gaza Siege - End Apartheid Israel



Family ready to march for Palestine



Quds Day - No one can be at peace unless he has his freedom - Malcolm X



Giant Palestinian Flag



Stop Killing children Now









Whose side are you on?

March Down Park Lane




We are all Hamas - We are all Hizbullah - End Occupation - freedom for Palestine



EDL fascists trying to provoke the demonstrators with racist abuse






The placard on left reads "Each Israeli household living on stolen Palestinian land costs American taxpayers approx. $90,000". This is based on the 1998 calculation by former US Foreign Service Officer Richard H. Curtiss[1] who calculated that Israel had cost the US taxpayer $134.8 billion by October 1997, or $23,240 per Israeli (Israel's population at the time being 5.8 million). Hence for a family of 4, the figure is $92,960. Note this is an underestimate as it doesn't take into account inflation, also each Israeli woman gives birth to 2.96 children on average, not 2. Also a more recent calculation (June 2003) by Harvard University economist Thomas R. Stauffer[2] shows that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has cost the US taxpayer $3 trillion!


















































































Rally Outside US Embassy




The rally outside the American Embassy was secretly being filmed from the top a building across the road from the American Embassy (corner of Upper Grosvenor Street) which unlike the American Embassy and its tree cover had a clear view of the rally.



Hussain Araki reciting the Holy Qur'an






Shabbir Rizvi reciting a poem






YVONNE RIDLEY
Viva Palestina



YVONNE RIDLEY
Viva Palestina



TAJI MUSTAFA
Media Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir



SHEIKH BAHMANPOUR
Principal of Islamic College



REZA KAZIM
Islamic Human Rights Commission



RABBI AHRON COHEN
Spokesman of Neturei Karta UK



RABBI AHRON COHEN
Spokesman of Neturei Karta UK



JOHN REES
Stop the War Coalition



JOHN REES
Stop the War Coalition



DR. DAUD ABDULLAH
Director of Middle East Monitor



DR. DAUD ABDULLAH
Director of Middle East Monitor



MASSOUD SHADJAREH
Chairman of Islamic Human Rights Commission



MASSOUD SHADJAREH
Chairman of Islamic Human Rights Commission

 

[1]The Cost of Israel to US Taxpayers, Richard H. Curtiss (Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer)
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/cost_of_israel.html


[2]The Costs to American Taxpayers of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: $3 Trillion, Thomas R. Stauffer.
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, June 2003, pages 20-23.
http://www.washington-report.org/component/content/article/251-2003-june/4641-the-costs-to-american-taxpayers-of-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict-3-trillion.html


[3]Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinian schoolgirl,
Chris McGreal, The Guardian, Wednesday 16 November 2005
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/nov/16/israel2


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