Friday, September 03, 2010

Hizbullah: Al-Quds Day Artwork

Tens of thousands of people around the world are participating in rallies and protests for "International Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day," a day designated in 1979 by the late overseer of the Islamization (or Khumaynization) of Iran's 1978-1979 Revolution, Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid Ruhullah Khumayni (Khomeini). The last Friday of every Ramadan was proclaimed to be "Al-Quds Day," which was originally intended to express the support of Khumayni and his supporters of the Palestinian national struggle. The designation was also intended to win over supporters from inside the occupied Palestinian Territories and the Arab and Muslim worlds. The day has since been expanded to represent "the oppressed" around the world, in an attempt to win over supporters in the so-called "Third World." The Palestine issue continues to be a rhetorical political tool used by the Iranian government and its affiliates and allies such as Hizbullah (Hezbollah, Hizballah) in Lebanon. There is an element of hypocrisy in that the Iranian government speaks about human rights of Palestinians, in and of itself a legitimate cause, while consistently committing gross violations of the human rights of their own citizenry.

Government-organized rallies have been held today in Iran and the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has delivered a speech, crowing that recently started Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will fail. The Iranian government and Hizbullah have consistently opposed any peace negotiations with Israel or "the Zionist entity," as they refer to it. Ironically, they share something in common with Israeli hardliners on the right and far right who also oppose a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The artwork in this post are Hizbullah web site banners in Arabic, English, and French for this year's Al-Quds Day.

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