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Quds Day 2018: What Is the Anti-Israel Protest and Why are Demonstrators Burning Effigies of Donald Trump?



Rallies express support for displaced Palestinians but are frequently defined by inflammatory rhetoric and denounced as antisemitic.

Quds Day is a controversial date observed on the last Friday of Ramadan every year to express support for displaced Palestinians.

Taking its name from the Arabic word for Jerusalem, commemorations typically take the form of marches in which the participants denounce Israel and Zionism, the occupation of the holy city and the presence of Jewish settlements in Israeli-occupied territories.

Originating in Iran with the Islamic revolution of 1979, the day was first proposed by foreign minister Ebrahim Yazdi and enthusiastically adopted by Ayatollah Khomeini.

It is now marked in Muslim countries across the Middle East and further afield, with around 3,000 people commonly coming together in London to demonstrate their support.