Quds Day, an annual anti-Zionist day of protest was first suggested by Ebrahim Yazdi, the first foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and a liberal, to the leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini. The context was one of deepening tensions between Israel and Lebanon at the time. Khomeini took over unacknowledged Yazdi’s idea, and on August 7, 1979, he declared the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan each year as Quds Day. He believed Muslims worldwide would unite in solidarity against Israel and in support of the Palestinians.
With all of the recent protests, the regime was hoping for a large turn out. Unfortunately for them, that wasn’t the case. According to local reports, most of the participants were actually government workers and their families. Iranian media reported the event as a great success, but as you will see in the videos below, it was anything but that.