London: Thousands mark controversial Al Quds DayNews Londres, United Kingdom - 18 June 2017
Al Quds march took place in London amid continued controversy of the nature of the event on June 18, 2017. The march through central London was counter-protested by Israel-supporters and a Zionist Federation organized rally near the US Embassy.
Legacy of the leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, Al Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) was created in 1979 as a uniting religious event for all Muslims worldwide, calling on them to express solidarity against Israel and in support of the Palestinians. Khomeini declared the 'liberation' of Jerusalem a religious duty to all Muslims.
More than 24,000 have signed the petition asking Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to ban the Al-Quds Day march. Previous Al Quds marches in London have seen displays of support for Hamas and Hezbollah a proscribed, antisemitic terrorist organisation. To get around the objection, this year participants were seen draped in Hezbollah flags, with labels attached that read: 'This flag is to show my support for the political wing of Hizbullah,' as the 'political wing' of Hezbollah is not a proscribed organisation.