Muslims Celebrate International Quds Day in Italy
As Italy is bracing for the devastating effects of the Ukraine war on its socio-economic fabric, Muslims across the country are observing the final days of Ramadan by paying great attention to what's happening in Palestine.
On Friday, gatherings to celebrate the International Quds Day were held in Rome and Milan, with speakers condemning Israeli aggression against the oppressed Palestinians and calling for the freedom of al-Quds.
In Rome, at the Imam Mahdi Islamic Center, local faithful and representatives of the Iranian, Afghan and Pakistani shia communities expressed solidarity with Palestine, vowing to never leave Palestinians alone in their fight for regaining occupied territories and defending al-Aqsa mosque.
Quds day was first introduced by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 and has become an annual affirmation of the Muslims’ solidarity with the people of Palestine in their struggle for the liberation of Al-Quds.
West's double standard appears evident when it comes to Palestine. Many in Italy believe that as international law guarantees the Ukrainians the right to defend themselves, the same right must be guaranteed also to the Palestinians against the Israeli occupation.
For decades, Italy has been sympathetic to Palestine, however its attitude has changed over the past twenty years. Rome has opted to expand its commercial, military and energy relations with Israel while little progress has been made in cooperating with Palestine.