The Yemeni capital of Sana’a and a number of Yemeni provinces have on Friday witnessed major mass rallies on the occasion of International Al-Quds Day.
The mass crowds at the rally raised Palestinian flags and slogans, confirming that Palestine is the central cause of the Yemeni people as well as of the entire Arab and Islamic nation.
The participants emphasised that “the celebration of International al-Quds Day is an affirmation of the unity of the nation towards the Palestinian cause, and a direction of the compass of hostility towards the Zionist enemy that has usurped the Islamic lands and holy sites in Palestine.”
They also condemned the violations against the Palestinian people by the usurping Zionist occupation forces.
The Yemenis reiterated their principled position in supporting the people and the cause of Palestine, which has been and will remain the central and first issue of the Yemeni people despite the aggression and blockade they have been subjected to for the seven years in a row.
The Grand Mufti of Yemen and the head of the Yemeni Scholars Association, Sayyid Shams Al-Din Sharaf Al-Din, delivered a speech during the rally in the capital.
“We came out today expressing our position in solidarity with the Palestinian cause,” the Mufti said.
He stressed that the “siege and killing of our brothers in Palestine by the Israeli enemy makes the nation break its silence.” He added that “we must move with every effort to confront the plans and conspiracies of the Zionist enemy.”
Criticizing the Saudi regime’s role in supporting the Israeli enemy, he said that “the Saudi regime is still in a position to grant the Jews the right to Palestine,” confirming that it is “a condition upon which the Saudi regime was established.”
Using the opportunity to highlight Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestine and the regime’s atrocities against the Palestinians, the participants in the rally chanted “Ansarullah will not forget Al-Quds, Al-Quds is our main cause and Israel is our enemy.”
Every year on the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, rallies are held worldwide to commemorate the Palestinian resistance against Israel and their struggle to liberate their territories, which have been occupied by Zionist colonists for decades.
The annual event is seen as an opportunity for freedom-seeking people across the world, regardless of faith, to voice their support for the Palestinian cause and vent their anger against the regime in Tel Aviv, which has occupied Palestinian territories since 1948.
The International Al-Quds Day is among the legacies of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who is revered as an inspirational spiritual leader by many Muslims across the world.
Back in 1979, shortly after leading the Islamic Revolution which toppled the US-backed Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini named the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan al International Al-Quds Day.