Indian Point’s Final Days Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Earth Matters: Indian Point’s Final Days – Nyack News and Views

by Barbara Puff

Indian Point has been the crown jewel of the nuclear industrialist complex and closing it is a big step to a sustainable energy future. — Susan Shapiro, environmental lawyer.

When scientists began exploring nuclear power in the 1950s, pollsters didn’t ask the public their opinion as support was almost unanimous. By the ’60s, there had been a few protests and opposition increased to 25%. So when Indian Point opened on September 16, 1962, it was greeted with enthusiasm, fanfare, and, in hindsight, naivete.

Within a few years, increased pollution, loss of wildlife, and accidents at the plant elicited concern. In response, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Riverkeeper were formed in 1966. After incidents at Three Mile Island in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986, public opinion began to turn against the use of nuclear power.

In 1984, her first year as a legislator, Harriet Cornell formed the Citizens Commission to Close Indian Plant. A glance at her press releases over the years shows her convictions regarding closing the plant. In a recent speech she noted: “Were it not for the superhuman efforts of concerned individuals and dedicated scientific and environmental organizations focusing attention on the dangers posed by Indian Point, who knows what might have happened during the last 40+ years.”

Simultaneously Riverkeeper began documenting incidents, including:

1 An antiquated water-cooling system killed over a billion fish and fish larvae annually.

2 Pools holding spent nuclear fuel leaked toxic, radioactive water into the ground, soil, and Hudson River.

3 Recurring emergency shut-downs.

4 27% of the baffle bolts in Unit 2 and 31% in Unit 3, holding the reactor core together, were damaged.

5 The plant was vulnerable to terrorist attack.

6 Evacuation plans were implausible.

7 No solution for spent nuclear fuel, posing the risk of radioactive release and contamination of land.

8 The plant was near two seismic zones, suggesting an earthquake over 6.2 could devastate the area.

9 Asbestos exposure.

These and other issues led the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to rate Indian Point in 2000 as the most trouble-plagued plant in the country. Lamont-Doherty Observatory agreed, calling it the most dangerous plant in the nation.

As individuals realized the seriousness of the situation, urgency for a solution grew and Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition was formed in 2001. Comprised of public interest, health advocates, environmental and citizen groups, their goals were to educate the public, pass legislation, and form a grassroots campaign with hundreds of local, state, and federal officials.

Clearwater also began monitoring the plant around that time. Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director, recalls, “We were concerned when one of the planes that struck the WTC flew over the plant, including several buildings that hold huge fuel pools, filled with spent fuel rods and radioactive waste.” Had anything happened, the nuclear power industry had provided protection for themselves while neglecting surrounding communities. Powerful lobbyists, backed by considerable financing, induced Congress to pass the Price-Anderson Act in 1957. This legislation protected nuclear power plant companies from full liability in the event of an accident, natural disaster or terrorist attack.

With such warnings, it’s hard to believe as late as 2010, The New York Times stated, “No one should be hoping for a too hasty shutdown.” Over time, the cost of litigation by New York State proved more fatal to the continuance of plant operations than protests, though they were a crucial factor and led to initial filings. Attorney General Schneiderman was very active in filing contentions, legal reasons the plant shouldn’t be relicensed, and won several important court cases on high-level radioactive storage.

In 2016, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied Entergy a discharge permit for hot water into the Hudson River, part of their once-through cooling system. This permit was necessary for continued operation of the plant and a requirement for relicensing. The New York State Department of State, Bureau of Coastal Management, denied Entergy a water quality certificate the same year, which it also needed to relicense. After more than four decades of danger to the environment and residents, Governor Cuomo announced in January 2017 the plant would finally be closing. Unit 2 would cease production on April 30, 2020 and Unit 3 would end productivity on April 30, 2021.

Later that year, in March 2017, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board allowed Entergy to renew the plant’s licenses until 2021, dismissing final points of contention between the company, New York State, and Riverkeeper. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino attempted to sue the state and reopen the plant in April 2017 but failed.

Ellen Jaffee, NYS Assemblywoman, stated, “After 46 years of operation, I am glad to finally see the closure of Indian Point. Since joining the Assembly, I have long fought for its closure. I would not have been able to pursue these efforts if not for the environmental advocates, like the Riverkeeper, who fought long and hard beside myself to close the plant. The plant’s closure must be conducted in a safe manner, where all radioactive materials will be properly disposed of, without inflicting further harm on our environment. The closure of Indian Point shows that we can reduce our impact on the environment.”

Harriet Cornell said, “We have waited years for this to happen and frankly, it can’t happen soon enough. The facts have long shown there is no future for this dangerous plant.”

“The closure of Indian Point marks the shutdown of dirty polluting energy,” noted Susan Shapiro.

Holtec, the company chosen to oversee decommissioning of the plant, has a horrific track record. New York State Attorney General Tish James released a statement in January expressing multiple grave concerns about them. According to Riverkeeper, they have a scandalous corporate past, little experience in decommissioning, dubious skills in spent fuel management, workplace safety infractions, and health violations. Another fear is the cost will exceed a decommissioning fund set aside by Entergy, Holtec will declare bankruptcy, and the public will absorb the difference.

“Entergy made huge profits from Indian Point,” said Manna Jo Greene. “They’ve hired Holtec, a company with a poor record of decommissioning, to complete the work. Entergy plans to declare bankruptcy, thereby having taxpayers foot the bill. We are not out of danger. It is a different danger.”

Richard Webster, Legal Program Director at Riverkeeper, adds, “Decommissioning must be done promptly, safely and reliably. Selling to Holtec is the worst possible option, because it has a dubious history of bribes, lies, and risk taking, very limited experience in decommissioning, is proposing to raid the decommissioning fund for its own benefit, and is proposing leaving contaminated groundwater to run into the Hudson River.”

State Senator David Carlucci warned, “The NRC Inspector General Report shows there is much to be done by the NRC to gain the confidence of myself and the public, as the commission is charged with overseeing the decommissioning of Indian Point and ensuring the health and safety of Hudson Valley Communities. We demand answers from NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki. The Chairman needs to come to the Hudson Valley immediately and outline the steps being taken to address our safety and explain how the commission will properly inspect and guard the pipeline near Indian Point moving forward.”

One of the gravest dangers in decommissioning is the storage of spent fuel rods. A fuel rod is a long, zirconium tube containing pellets of uranium, a fissionable material which provides fuel for nuclear reactors. Fuel rods are assembled into bundles called fuel assemblies, which are loaded individually into a reactor core. Fuel rods last about six years. When they’re spent and removed they are placed in wet storage, or pools of water, which is circulated to reduce temperature and provide shielding from radiation. They remain in these pools for 10 years, as they are too hot to be placed in dry storage, or canisters. Even in dry storage, though, they remain extremely radioactive, with high levels of plutonium, which is toxic, and continue to generate heat for decades and remain radioactive for 10,000 years.

“Elected officials and government groups became involved once they understood the fatal environmental dangers nuclear energy creates for millenium,” said Susan Shapiro. “It is the only energy that produces waste so dangerous that governments must own and dispose of it.”

Robert Kennedy, Jr., of Waterkeeper, explained “If those spent fuel rods caught on fire, if the water dropped, the zirconium coatings of the spent fuel rods would combust. You would release 37 times the amount of radiation that was released at Chernobyl. Around Chernobyl there are 100 miles that are permanently uninhabitable. I would include the workplaces, homes of 20 million Americans, including the Financial District. There’s no evacuation plan. And it’s sitting on two of the biggest earthquake faults in the northeast.”

On April 24, 2020, Beyond Indian Point Campaign was launched to advocate for a safe transition during decommissioning. Sponsored by AGREE, Frack Action, Riverkeeper, NIRS and Food and Water Watch, they’re demanding Cuomo hire another company, opposing a license transfer before the State Public Service Commission and NRC and pushing state legislation to establish a board to supervise the decommissioning fund. When decommissioning is finished Beyond Indian Point hopes to further assist the community in the transition to renewable energy. These include wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydrothermal power. Sign an online petition on their website to support their work, future generations and earth at, Facebook, or Twitter.

“Bravo to everyone involved in making this historic day come to pass,” said Susan Shapiro.

Raised in the Midwest, Barbara Puff is a writer who lives in Nyack, NY.

Fire in Baghdad, smoke in Anbar: new pressure to isolate the Antichrist

An Iraqi demonstrator at an anti-governmen protests in Baghdad on November 4, 2019. Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Fire in Baghdad, smoke in Anbar: new pressure to isolate Sadr

The political deadlock in Iraq continues after the third failed attempt to elect a president of the country on March 26, and after top Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gave his rivals a 40-day window to form a government without him from April 1. No major political progress has been made, but in the province of Anbar – the current capital of Sunni decision-making – attempts to separate the tripartite alliance have heated, involving both the power of the gun and the judiciary. 

Anbar is the hometown of a number of current Sunni political players, including Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi, and the head of the largest Sunni alliance, the Sovereignty Alliance, Khamis al-Khanjar. Anbar is also the pathway between Iran and the Shiites to Syria, and from there to Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the basin of the Mediterranean Sea. Due to the fact that it was one of the provinces that fell to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS), when the city was re-controlled in December 2015, several strategic areas fell in the hands of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, or Hashd al-Shaabi), similar to the later stages of what occurred in Nineveh and Salahaddin.

As a result, the large area of land in Anbar that became a brief asylum for Saddam Hussein and his family after the fall of Baghdad in April 2003, is now one of the enclosures of Hashd al-Walayi (a hardliner faction of Hashd al-Shaabi). As it neighbors Karbala, and because there are a number of disputed areas between the two provinces – Nikheb and Rahaliya – there are more eyes on it.

The situation with ISIS has paved the way for PMF hegemony in western Iraq, which is now one of the cards being used by the Shiite Coordination Framework to strike Halbousi and force the Sunni Sovereignty Alliance to withdraw from the tripartite alliance. According to the fact that after Baghdad and Mosul, Anbar is now the center of Sunni decision-making, the Shiites have made attempts for it on numerous fronts, including freeing Rafi al-Issawi, the former minister of finance, from prison, as well as supporting Abu Risha: the first of whom is a key Anbar figure with greater popularity and experience than Halbousi and Khanjar, and the second of whom is a sort of opponent to the Speaker. When military forces went to arrest him, following his harsh March 31 tweets, his guest house was covered by Hummers and soldiers of Hezbollah units.

The pressures on Halbousi include directing the PMF towards Anbar and the western side of Iraq, followed by threats from tribes for opposing them, and also the return of another Halbousi rival, Sheikh Ali al-Hatami, the head of the Dulaimi tribe.

Hatami, who has a high social stature in Anbar, headed a number of Anbar tribal armed groups eight years ago, and saw his relationship with then-PM Nouri al-Maliki crack. As a reaction, he began to praise ISIS, telling Reuters in a 2014 interview that he was ready to collaborate with ISIS, raising the slogan of “We’re coming for Baghdad” as a threat. Because of his actions, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Now, he returns to Baghdad, accompanied by a number of guards from armed units that are allegedly affiliated with Hezbollah. This jeopardizes the leadership of Halbousi and Khanjar in the Sunni public bases, especially in Anbar. After arriving in Baghdad, Hatami hit out at Halbousi and Sadr, and his support for the Coordination Framework’s project for adaptation was clear from his tweets and public appearances.

Using the judicial system and the court to break political rivals is an old and well-known Maliki tactic. During his reign as PM from 2005 to 2014, Article 4 of terrorism was specific for rivals and opposition of Sunnis, and now, with the pardoning of two wanted individuals, and rumors circulating around more to come, the magician is about to fall under his own spell. Maliki and Hadi al-Amiri and many of the PMF groups were forced to indirectly condemn the pardoning of the wanted Sunnis, and exonerate themselves from being aware or having made arrangements for the return of Hatami.

The intensification of the Coordination Framework’s efforts in Anbar follows the fear of direct confrontation with Sadr and his partners, and after a sense of growing hopelessness around Masoud Barzani’s stance in the tripartite alliance. This province, which does not have powerful strategic depths, is expected to fall under more pressure and disharmony, in order to take down one of the main components of the Save the Homeland Alliance. Halbousi and Khanjar have shown no obvious signs of retracting from the alliance.

A theory circulating around is that this the second stage of March’s Erbil missile attack and later burning of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) office in Baghdad, especially since the Iranians canceled a scheduled visit from Halbousi on March 26, so that he appears a rejected character in Tehran.

There are also a lot of rumors that Iran and the United Arab Emirates have entered the conversation to discuss attempts made by Shiite groups to remove Halbousi and Khanjar from the tripartite alliance. The Shiite camp remains attached to Sadr, because any government and alliance formed with Sadr and his bloc will lead to violent confrontations, protests, and chaos, similar to the time they stormed the parliament and government, and he himself took his tent to the Green Zone in 2014.

Yaseen Taha is an expert on Iraqi affairs, and has written this article specifically for Rudaw Research Center.

How the Antichrist is marring anti-resistance plots in Iraq

Analysis: How Muqtada al-Sadr marring anti-resistance plots in Iraq?

On the eve of the Quds Day and amid Palestinian developments, and while the Iraqi political equations are unprecedentedly intricate, Muqtada al-Sadr, the currently top man in the Iraqi politics, with a Twitter post put himself in the center of media and politicians’ focus again. 

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): On the eve of the Quds Day and amid Palestinian developments, and while the Iraqi political equations are unprecedentedly intricate, Muqtada al-Sadr, the currently top man in the Iraqi politics, with a Twitter post put himself in the center of media and politicians’ focus again. The interesting point is that this message was posted as the leader of Sadrist Movement over the past few months has had major confrontation with part of Shiite political body in the country. 

On Sunday, al-Sadr announced in a Twitter message that he would soon submit to parliament a plan to “absolutely criminalize” the efforts for normalization of relations with the Israeli regime. He even went so far as to state that the main reason for entering the elections was to “counter the conspiracy to normalize” relations with the Israeli government. 

Concerning the significance of al-Sadr’s message for the Iraqi politics in the future, three points are mentionable. 

Pro-normalization sides are working in vain 

One of the undeniable realities of the Iraqi politics is that a limited part of the Iraqi political body who are mainly pawns of the US and Britain have been working since 2003 to put Baghdad on the track of contacts with Tel Aviv. Even in the past few years, when the process of normalization of relations with the Israeli regime has been advanced by some Arab regimes, this demand in Iraq has been expressed more openly. For example, in late September 2021, 300 tribal figures urged ties with Tel Aviv at a meeting arranged in Erbil by an American institute. 

Also, despite denials by the Kurdish officials, the Israeli regime is destination of 75 percent of oil produced by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq and reciprocally Tel Aviv had been the main backer of the September 2017 independence referendum organized by Masoud Barzani of Iraqi Kurdistan. All the evidence suggests that the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), led by Massoud Barzani, has extensive ties to the Israelis.

However, al-Sadr’s new message could mark the end of such relations. Al-Sadr’s anti-normalization motion would be in stark contrast to the tendency of his ally Barzani and may put an end to this alliance. 

Claims of new Iraqi government’s contrast to Axis of Resistance empty 

Another important issue concerning al-Sadr’s new message has to do with a media propaganda campaign underway by some mercenary faces and parties seeking to paint the stances of the new Iraqi government close to Tel Aviv. Actually it has been widely trumpeted that the government that would come out of alliance of al-Sadr, the Sunnis, and the Kurds would be contrary to the policy of the Axis of Resistance– a regional bloc led by Iran and including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Palestine– and thus would take steps to move close to the Israeli regime. 

Building their propaganda on the fissures between al-Sadr’s and the Shiite Coordination Framework (SCF)– a major Shiite body formed by rivals of al-Sadr post-election–, these groups are struggling to paint the post-election Iraq separating ways from the Resistance camp. But al-Sadr’s clear message proved them wrong. Actually, al-Sadr’s plan carries at heart an assurance of continuation of the strategic and serious participation of Iraq in the Axis of Resistance. 

This plan mostly determines the future Iraqi government’s approach to the Palestinian groups, Lebanon, and Yemen and to the Palestinian cause at the meetings of the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). This step can be solidified with another step to give a result intended by al-Sadr: Condemnation of the Arab-Israeli normalization.

The message shows al-Sadr understands real Iraqi public demand 

Although some mercenary and pro-Western factions have on their agenda establishing ties with the Israelis and even openly advocate normalization, the fact is that the demands of the Iraqi public are in contrast to them. Through their meaningful responses and reactions, the Iraqi people have shown that they never approve of demands of the submissive groups seeking closeness to Tel Aviv and even firmly stand in the way of such treasonous agenda. 

Therefore, al-Sadr may insists on forming a majority government with his Sunni and Kurdish allies, but his plan indicates that he has well figured out the core logic behind the public demand and so set his concentration on opposition to normalization.

Iranian horn tries to kick out the Antichrist: Daniel 8

Iran Courts Iraqi Kurdish, Sunni Leaders To Abandon Sadr

Since the 2003 US invasion and occupation, Iraq’s governments have been driven heavily from overseas. The US and the Iranian governments, respectively, kept close blocs of political allies, and ensured those groups had positions of import.

That’s not broadly the case in 2022. Those politically aligned groups are still out there, but voters have roundly rejected the idea, and in recent elections are rewarding those who have independent positions. This drove nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to a sizeable plurality in the most recent vote.

Getting from plurality to government is still a difficult matter in Iraq, and Iran’s government is reportedly increasing pressure on certain factions, particularly Kurdish and Sunni Arab groups, to back away from Sadr and give a pro-Iran coalition one more chance.

There’s a lot of speculation on the Iraqi parliament, with Sadr needing a clear set of allies to form a government. Iran’s bloc, led by former PM Nouri al-Maliki, is believed to have a long-shot for forming a government, if certain sides break the right way.

Iraqi voters’ interest in charting an independent course not dominated by a foreign power would make changing sides from Sadr to Maliki politically risky, but Sadr’s course has a lot of unknowns to it, while what a Maliki government brings to the table is well-documented, for better or worse. Some factions may find that a safer choice.

European horns want an Iranian nuclear deal

EU diplomat Enrique Mora (L) and Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri-Kani in Tehran. March 27, 2022

Former European Officials Urge Iran, US To Reach A Nuclear Deal

More than 40 former European officials have called on both the US and Iranian leadership to successfully complete the negotiations to revive the nuclear deal.

The open letter published on Tuesday is led by the International Crisis Group, which is a Brussels-based transnational non-profit think tank consisting of policymakers and academics that describes itself as “working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world”.

The letter, signed by members of the European Leadership Network, board members of the group and council members from the European Council on Foreign Relations, said that the parties to the Vienna nuclear talks are now within touching distance of reinstating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Expressing their growing concern over the fate of the talks, they said a period of stasis in the talks threatens to undo the progress made in recent months “toward reinstating a non-proliferation achievement that is crucial for international peace and security.”

“At a time when transatlantic cooperation has become all the more critical to respond against Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, for U.S. and European leaders to let slip the opportunity to defuse a nuclear crisis in the Middle East would be a grave mistake”, read the letter.

The US and the Islamic Republic have held more than one year of talks to revive the JCPOA, but the diplomatic process is at a standstill since March. Iran is demanding the removal of its Revolutionary Guard from the US list of terrorist organizations, something the administration has so far not accepted.

The Rising Risk of Nuclear War: Revelation 16

Russia now warns of ‘considerable’ nuclear war risk, but Ukraine says it’s just trying to scare the world off arming Kyiv


April 26, 2022 3:02 AM MDT

The risk of nuclear war between Russia and the West is now “considerable,” according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Lavrov’s assertion, made in a Monday interview with Russian state TV, echoed recent propaganda that has played up the likelihood of NATO provoking hot conflict with Russia, and even claimed that war is beginning. “NATO is essentially going to war with Russia through a proxy and arming that proxy,” Lavrov said in reference to Western heavy-arms shipments, which he said “will be a legitimate target for the Russian Armed Forces.”

The foreign minister claimed he did not want the risk of nuclear war to be “artificially inflated,” but said it was “serious,” “real,” and “cannot be underestimated.”

“Russia loses last hope to scare the world off supporting Ukraine. Thus the talk of a ‘real’ danger of WWIII,” tweeted Lavrov’s Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, in response. “This only means Moscow senses defeat in Ukraine. Therefore, the world must double down on supporting Ukraine so that we prevail and safeguard European and global security.”

Meanwhile, Mykhailo Podolyak—a key adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy—contrasted Lavrov’s threat and Russian social media censorship with Elon Musk’s headline-grabbing acquisition of Twitter, made “in the breaks between launching rockets into space.”

“Civilization abyss,” he said.

In Monday evening’s interview, Lavrov indicated that the current danger may be greater than that faced at the most dangerous moment of the Cold War.

“During the Cuban missile crisis there were not many written rules. But the rules of conduct were clear enough. Moscow understood how Washington was behaving. Washington understood how Moscow was behaving,” Lavrov said in the interview. “Now there are few rules left.”

Lavrov noted the multiple joint statements issued by Russia and the U.S. in the last year, that reaffirmed the principle that nuclear war must never be fought. However, he bemoaned the Trump administration’s 2019 decision to pull the U.S. out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which President Trump said Russia had been “violating…for many years.” The foreign minister said the sole remaining arms control instrument is the New Start nuclear arms reduction treaty, which Russia and the Biden administration extended last year.

Russia has the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear warheads, with around 6,250 in total. The U.S. has around 5,550. These are fractions of the stockpiles that both countries once held, during the Cold War, but it doesn’t take many warheads to erase cities.

As strategic studies professor Phillips O’Brien told Fortune last week, Russia’s nuclear weapons are all that poses a threat to NATO right now, because the Russian army has taken “huge losses” in its Ukraine campaign.

Earlier this month, the Kremlin hailed the successful test of a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) called Sarmat. However, Russia gave the U.S. a heads-up first, to avoid misunderstandings, and the Pentagon claimed not to be worried about the episode, despite its conspicuous timing. Sarmat is expected to go into production later this year, following further testing.

President Vladimir Putin put the country’s nuclear forces on special alert at the start of the Ukraine invasion. Russian propagandists regularly repeat a quote of his from 2018, in which he asked why Russia would need the world if Russia wouldn’t be in it—Putin and his administration tend to frame the Ukraine conflict as existential for Russia.

Iran Horn Says Babylon the Great is Weakening

Ayatollah Khamenei: US Getting Weaker Day by Day

Ayatollah Khamenei: US Getting Weaker Day by Day

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Highlighting the downward trend in the capabilities of the US and its weaker position in domestic and foreign policies, its economy and its security, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the world is on the threshold of a new order.

In meeting with a group of university students in Tehran on Tuesday, Ayatollah Khamenei stated, “Today the world is on the threshold of a new world order: a new international order against the previous monopolar and bipolar world.

“The Ukraine war should be considered more deeply. This war isn’t simply about a military invasion of a country. The roots of this invasion are deep and a complex, difficult future can be predicted,” the Leader noted.

“On the eve of a probable new world order, all countries including Iran have a duty to be active in the fields of both soft and hard power such that they can ensure their nation’s interests and security. The most important duty is on the shoulders of the university students,” Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.

“The US is getting weaker day by day–from within, in its domestic policies, in its foreign policies, in its economy and in its security. The US has become weaker since 20 years ago and continuing up until today,” the Leader added, reported.

“Palestine is both oppressed and powerful; it’s an oppressed power. I said the same about Iran many years ago. Palestine is truly strong today. The Palestinian youth do not allow the question of Palestine to be forgotten and they’re standing up in opposition to the enemy’s crimes,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“This year’s Quds Day is different from other years. The Palestinians have been making great sacrifices both during last year’s and this year’s Ramadan. The Zionist regime is committing the worst crimes, and the US and Europe are supporting them,” the Leader concluded.

On International Quds Day, rallies are held in different parts of the world and demonstrators express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the Zionist regime of Israel.

The day is also seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially declared the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day back in 1979.