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July 29, 2014 1

Photos: Al Quds Day 2014 in the United States

On Fri­day, anti-Israel demon­stra­tions were held in honor of Al Quds Day, an annual day of protest held on the last Fri­day of Ramadan. Al Quds means Jerusalem in Ara­bic and is used to protest Jerusalem’s sta­tus as the cap­i­tal of Israel and instead call for Jerusalem to be a Mus­lim city.

These ral­lies are often some of the more extreme protests against Israel that take place through­out the year. Here’s a vir­tual snap­shot of this year’s protests in the United States:

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA

Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

You had the Holocaust don't make another one on us

Chicago, IL

stepping on Israeli flag

Hous­ton, TX

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New York, NY

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July 25, 2014 0

Iran’s Khamenei Calls Israel’s Destruction The “Only Remedy”

Update — July 26: Shortly fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of Al Quds Day ral­lies in Iran, Aya­tol­lah Khamenei’s offi­cial Twit­ter han­dle posted a graphic, titled “9 key ques­tions about elim­i­na­tion of Israel,” which out­lines Khamenei’s vision of destroy­ing Israel and solv­ing the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict through a ref­er­en­dum, as men­tioned in his speech on Thurs­day, July 24.   

 
“The only rem­edy is the destruc­tion of Israel,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said to a packed audi­to­rium at Tehran Uni­ver­sity on July 24.

Khamenei’s call for Israel’s destruc­tion is the lat­est in the steady esca­la­tion of anti-Israel rhetoric from the Iran­ian regime that remained mostly silent as Israel launched Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge against Hamas mil­i­tants in Gaza.

In his speech to uni­ver­sity stu­dents, which was broad­cast live by Iran’s broad­cast­ing author­ity, Khamenei referred to Israel’s estab­lish­ment as “ille­git­i­mate” and based on the mur­der of the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple. Khamenei also repeated the Iran­ian regime’s call for a ref­er­en­dum to be held in Israel and the Pales­tin­ian Ter­ri­to­ries so that the “res­i­dents may choose what kind of gov­ern­ing regime” they want. This sug­ges­tion is pop­u­lar among pro­po­nents of a one-state solu­tion to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Domes­tic Iran­ian print media has also amped up its anti-Israel hos­til­ity in antic­i­pa­tion of Friday’s Al Quds Day protests, an annual day of protest against Israel ini­ti­ated in 1979 by Aya­tol­lah Khome­ini, by pub­lish­ing quotes from var­i­ous high-ranking offi­cials heap­ing praise on Hamas and Islamic Jihad rocket fire on Israeli cities. State-run pub­li­ca­tions, such as Fars News, have pub­lished anti-Semitic car­toons depict­ing Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu bathing in a pool of Pales­tin­ian blood in the shape of the Gaza Strip, and images of stereo­typ­i­cal Jew­ish fig­ures killing Pales­tin­ian chil­dren. Iran­ian media pub­lished sim­i­lar anti-Semitic car­toons dur­ing Israel’s 2012 Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense.

Al Quds Day, which refers to the Ara­bic term for Jerusalem is com­mem­o­rated annu­ally with mass ral­lies and speeches on the last Fri­day of Ramadan. It has tra­di­tion­ally been marked by hos­tile rhetoric towards the state of Israel, includ­ing bla­tant anti-Semitism, at protests held in the Mid­dle East and across cities in Europe and the United States.

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July 25, 2014 1

Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

The fol­low­ing is a selec­tion of news reports and com­men­tary from Iran­ian media and main­stream pub­li­ca­tions on devel­op­ments per­tain­ing to Iran. This weekly update includes a sam­pling of pub­lished reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media*as well as rel­e­vant arti­cles from the inter­na­tional press.

Iran­ian Media

The only rem­edy is the destruc­tion of the Zion­ist regime*
(Office of the Supreme Leader – July 24, 2014)khamenei-tehran-university-speech

In a meet­ing with stu­dent group at Tehran Uni­ver­sity on Thurs­day, Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said that “Israel must be wiped out.” Khamenei added that this “rem­edy” is not meant “to destroy the Jew­ish peo­ple from that region.” Khamenei also repeated that the government’s solu­tion to the ques­tion of Pales­tine is for all the inhab­i­tants of the Holy Land to hold a ref­er­en­dum, “and through this way the ille­git­i­mate usurp­ing regime will be removed.”

Iran urges Pales­tini­ans, Syr­ian, Lebanese resis­tance groups to ink defense pact
(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

Moham­mad Reza Naqdi, the com­man­der of the Basij force, called on regional ter­ror­ist groups to sign a defense treaty. Naqdi added, “We ask the resis­tance forces in Pales­tine, Syria and Lebanon to endorse a defense pact so that an attack on any of them will be an attack on all of them and if the Zion­ist regime makes an aggres­sion against any of them, all of them will grow united to con­front it.”

Rouhani calls for peo­ples’ mas­sive turnout in Quds Day ral­lies
(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani appealed to the nation to come out in larger num­bers than before for Friday’s Quds Day ral­lies against Israel. “The more mag­nif­i­cent this year’s Quds Day ral­lies are held, the greater sup­port they will indi­cate for the oppressed Pales­tin­ian nation.”

Chants of ‘Death to Israel’ will be said in 770 cities in the coun­try*
(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

Ramazan Sharif, the chief of staff of the Coun­cil of Islamic Pro­pa­ganda and Al Quds Intifada, said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held for the upcom­ing Quds Day protests: “Calls for peace from all Mus­lims and free­dom lov­ing peo­ple will be sent to the peo­ple of Gaza who have been wag­ing jihad in the path of Allah dur­ing the month of Ramadan against the usurp­ing Zion­ist regime.”

Iran to launce new home-made destroyer soon

(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

The Iran­ian Navy announced plans to reveal a new destroyer named “Dama­vand” and it will be deployed in inter­na­tional waters.

Iran’s Zarif, EU’s Ash­ton issue joint state­ment on exten­sion of talks
(Fars News Agency – July 19, 2014)

Fol­low­ing the last round of talks between nego­tia­tors from the P5+1 and Iran, For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif and EU rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cather­ine Ash­ton released a joint state­ment stat­ing that talks would con­tinue to Novem­ber 24, 2014.

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran’s leader appears unbend­ing on core nuclear issues, say experts
(The Los Ange­les Times – July 21, 2014)

An exten­sion on the nuclear talks sig­nals Aya­tol­lah Khamenei’s pos­si­ble will­ing­ness to com­pro­mise, but not on the core ques­tion of ura­nium enrich­ment capacity.

Iran’s rul­ing elite embrace Face­book, while ordi­nary cit­i­zens are arrested over it
(Slate.com – July 21, 2014)

Although Face­book is blocked to ordi­nary Ira­ni­ans, gov­ern­ment offi­cials includ­ing Pres­i­dent Rouhani and For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif enjoy unfet­tered access to the pop­u­lar social media site.

Iran elim­i­nates sen­si­tive stock­pile under interim nuclear deal: IAEA
(Reuters – July 20, 2014)

Accord­ing to a monthly update released by the Inter­na­tional Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has met the terms stip­u­lated in the ini­tial six-month agree­ment and has moved to elim­i­nate its most sen­si­tive stock­pile of enriched ura­nium gas.

Iran nuclear talks: Is a com­pre­hen­sive deal still on the table?
(The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor – July 20, 2014)

It remains unclear if nego­tia­tors from the P5+1 and Iran will be able to bridge sig­nif­i­cant gaps over what Iran’s nuclear future will look like.

Why Iran believes the mil­i­tant group ISIS is an Amer­i­can plot
(Time – July 19, 2014)

An arti­cle from the Iran­ian state-run Islamic Repub­lic News Agency claims that there was a joint U.S., British and Israeli plan to “cre­ate a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion capa­ble of cen­tral­iz­ing all extrem­ist actions across the world.” Unfor­tu­nately for IRNA, there is no men­tion of such a plan in the doc­u­ments leaked by Edward Snow­den which IRNA claims as its source.

Sanc­tions nearly halve Iran oil export rev­enue in two years, OPEC says
(The Wall Street Jour­nal – July 18, 2014)

Accord­ing to newly released data from OPEC, sanc­tions have caused Iran’s petro­leum export rev­enue to decrease by 42% in 2013.

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