JERUSALEM, Israel -- International Al-Quds Day: It's been celebrated for 33 years -- a day of solidarity with Palestinian Arabs; a day bemoaning the rebirth of Israel as a modern nation-state and calling for its destruction.
Demonstrations took place throughout Iran Friday, with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for international unity in the quest to rid the world of the "black stain" of Zionism, Iranian media reported.
"The very existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to humanity," Ahmadinejad said in a fiery speech carried live on Iranian state television.
"The Zionist regime is a malignant cancer. If even one cell remains on Palestinian land, the current situation will continue in the future," the diminutive president exclaimed.
"The Zionist presence on even one centimeter of Palestinian land is dangerous," Ahmadinejad said, adding "don't blame me later; this is how I see things."
Sheikh Ayatollah Ali Khomeini first established 'Al-Quds Day' in 1979, when he became supreme leader of the newly established Islamic Republic, following the ouster of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Sixty-five years later, Khomeini's anti-Semitic rhetoric has metastasized, spreading from the Middle East to Europe, South Africa and beyond.
"The fake Zionist [regime] will disappear from the landscape of geography," Iran's Mehr news agency quoted Khomeini on Wednesday. "The light of hope will shine on the Palestinian issue, and this Islamic land will certainly be returned to the Palestinian nation."
In London, the Islamic Human Rights Commission organizes the annual Al-Quds Day rally, advertised on posters displayed in city busses.