Hezbollah flags flew on the streets of London on Sunday as hundreds turned out for the annual Al Quds Day protest, as the demonstrators began marching down London's iconic Regent Street, they chanted "Free, free Palestine" and "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free", referring to historic Palestine that now includes the state of Israel.
Opposition to Israel is a touchstone of belief for Shi'ite-led Iran, which backs Palestinian and Lebanese Islamic militant groups opposed to peace with the Jewish state, which Tehran refuses to recognize.
Iranian leaders, including President Hassan Rohani, are expected to address the crowd later. "For the Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Zionist occupation of Jerusalem city, in whose eastern part the Palestinians aspire to install the capital of their future independent state, is the 'greatest source of crisis and tension in West Asia and the Middle East".
Rouhani told reporters that the rally was Iran's response to the us violations of the "rights of people" of Iran after the Senate last week approved new sanctions on Tehran over its missile program, something Congress is expected to decide on soon.
"Death to the House of Saud and Daesh (IS)", demonstrators chanted.
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Larijani called Israel the "mother of terrorism" and said in the "20th century, there was no event more ominous than the birth of the Zionist regime".
The IRGC also stressed the importance of Muslim society's paying attention to the strategies of the late Imam Khomeini, and also those of Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the issue of Palestine to overthrow the occupying regime of Israel.
Fasting Iranians from different walks of life took to the streets to join the nationwide demonstrations in support of Palestinians, who have been suffering from Israel's brutal policies for decades, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The rare protest on Friday came one month after a mob attacked Rouhani's vehicle when he visited a mine in northern Iran where 43 miners had been killed in an accident.
Also for Jerusalem Day, Iranian authorities unveiled a large panel at Palestine Square in central Tehran, counting down "the days left until the destruction of Israel".