Few people in the United Kingdom know that much about “International Al Quds Day“:
In 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini called for a demonstration on the last Friday of Ramadan for the “liberation” of Jerusalem (Al-Quds) and the destruction of the state of Israel. This year the Iranian government together with its radicalised Islamist supporters have called once again to demonstrate in Teheran, Lebanon, Berlin, London, Jakarta, Toronto and worldwide. The Al-Quds Day activities fuel hatred against Jews and strengthen the power of the Islamic dictatorship in Iran and its supporters worldwide.
German anti-fascists have, for some years, been organising to oppose this pro-Tehran Islamist campaign. They are supported by Iranian opposition activists from Germany, including Parviz Dastmalci, Mohammed Schams, Niloofar Beyzaie, Parvaneh Hamidi, the Association of Iranian Refugees/Berlin and others and by leading German politicians, ranging from the chairwoman of the Green party, Claudia Roth, to the secretary general of the Free Democratic Party, Dirk Niebel.
In the United Kingdom, this Khomenist celebration of is now a well established part of the Islamist and pseudo-left calendar. This year’s event takes place on 22 October, and is supported by a broad coalition of lunatics, bigots and extremists:
Speakers include: Dr. Azzam “Kaboom” Tamimi, Dr. Daud Abdullah, George Galloway, Majid Nawaz, Massoud Shadjareh and Yvonne Ridley.
The organizations taking part in this demonstration are: British Muslim Initiative, Crescent International, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Islamic Forum Europe, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Islamic Student Association UK, Islamic Centre of England, Innovative Minds, International Muslims Organization, Lebanese Communities, Muslim Association of Britain, Neturei Karta, Palestine Return Centre, Palestine Internationalist, Respect Party, Stop the War and 1990 Trust.
Yet we do nothing to oppose them.
We should be standing in solidarity with Iranian progressives and democrats.
It may be too late to oppose Al Quds Day 2006 in an effective manner. But if anybody is interested in working to oppose this rally for clerical fascism, please email me at
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