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AL Quds Day is an an­nual pro-Pales­tinian day of protest held around the time of the fi­nal Friday of Ra­madan.

It was first ini­ti­ated by Iran’s Ay­a­tol­lah Khome­ini in 1979.

Quds is the Ara­bic name for Jerusalem, and the pa­rades, which are held in var­i­ous cities around the world by both Mus­lim and nonMus­lim com­mu­ni­ties, have long ex­pressed op­po­si­tion to Zion­ism and have called for Is­rael’s de­struc­tion.

While mil­lions take to the streets across Iran to par­tic­i­pate in Al Quds Day marches, there are fur­ther siz­able pa­rades in coun­tries in­clud­ing Le­banon, Pak­istan, Nige­ria and South Africa.

In London, around 3,000 sup­port­ers have at­tended the march each year. This year’s event be­gins out­side the Saudi Ara­bian Em­bassy in May­fair at 3pm on Sun­day.

It is backed by more than a dozen or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Jews for Boy­cotting Is­raeli Goods and has been pro­moted with movi­estyle YouTube trail­ers and glossy posters.

A coun­ter­demon­stra­tion is ex­pected to at­tract hun­dreds of pro­test­ers from the Jewish com­mu­nity.

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