(NSI News Source Info) TEHRAN, Iran - September 20, 2009: The Leader of the Islamic Revolution expresses gratitude to the people of Iran for their high turnout in the Qods Day rallies despite world powers' efforts to undermine the symbolic day.
Escorted by his bodyguards, reformist former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, center, is attacked by hard-liners as he attends a Quds Day rally, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009. At one of the opposition rallies, a group of hard-liners came up and attacked reformist former president, Mohammad Khatami, pushing him to the ground, according to a reformist Web site. Thousands of opposition supporters held protests in competition with government-sponsored mass rallies to mark an annual anti-Israel commemoration, the Quds Day that reflects the Persian nation's sympathy with the Palestinians.
Delivering a sermon on the Muslims' Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described the day as 'a loud and clear shout against the cancer of Zionism'. The leader referred to the 'conspiracies of the arrogant powers' to weaken the Qods Day among Muslims in recent years saying that the massive rallies were indicative of the fact that those efforts were futile. Ayatollah Khamenei said the Qods day rallies proved once again that the Islamic Umma does not accept tyranny. Regarding the latest political developments in the county, the Leader warned against accusing certain figures of committing unlawful acts while they are absent and not capable of defending themselves.
Lebanese Hezbollah members parade during a rally marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Beirut on September 18, 2009. Quds Day, held each year on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is the brainchild of Iran's late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a display of solidarity with the Palestinians.
"It should be noted that what was aired on state television from recent court sessions in which defendants accused others who were not present of wrongdoings…this is not reliable…whatever the suspect says about himself in the court session can be reliable…but if it is about someone else it is not dependable," explained Ayatollah Khamenei.
Referring to the Western approach in dealing with the post-vote developments, the leader accused Western media of having hidden political agendas with regards to Iran, explaining that foreigners have never had any "sympathy" for the Iranian society.
Palestinian men hold fake rockets as they take part in a rally marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day at the Yarmuk refugee camp near the Syrian capital Damascus on September 18, 2009. Quds Day, held each year on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is the brainchild of Iran's late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a display of solidarity with the Palestinians.
"When have they [foreigners] sought to clarify facts about us that they do in the recent chain of events?" The Leader also warned domestic media to apply vigilance in dealing with foreign-led efforts to spread destabilizing rumors.
"The media should refrain from publicizing allegations leveled by foreign media against certain individuals in the country accusing them of betrayal and other wrongdoings... This would not be acceptable," said the Leader.