Quds Day, officially in Iran known as International Quds Day (روز جهانی قدس), is an annual event that began in Iran in 1979, that is commemorated on the last Friday of Ramadan, expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposing Zionism as well as Israel's control of Jerusalem; Quds is that city's Arabic name.
Quds Day rallies were first suggested by Ebrahim Yazdi, the first foreign minister of Islamic Republic of Iran, and then introduced in Iran by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, and the day's parades are sponsored and organized annually by the Iranian government there.
Quds Day is also commemorated in several countries in the Arab and Muslim world with protests against the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem.
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