An Iranian influence organization is participating in this year’s International ‘Quds (Jerusalem) Day” march, featuring several other anti-Israeli and/or Iranian influence organizations. According to the Islamic Human Rights Commission’s statement:
April 1st, 2022: The annual al-Quds Day March is returning for Ramadan 1443 (2022). Each year millions of people around the World rally on Quds day to voice their support for the Palestinian cause and repeat their call for an end to the Zionist apartheid regime’s atrocities and occupation of Palestine.This is a chance for people to unite around the World in order to combat the violent extremism of the Zionist ideology. The Zionist apartheid regime believes that it can get away with attacks that would be unacceptable in most other countries. They do not even stop during Ramadan, if anything they often escalate their attacks during this time. They underestimate us, our deen is our strength, Ramadan is a time for us to unite and remember those who are in need.
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The march took place on April 24th, 2022, though UK Jewish media reported that its participant numbers were down sharply from previous years.
The International Quds Day, initiated by the Iranian revolutionary regime, has in the past brought together pro-Iranian and Global Muslim Brotherhood groups. In August 2013, for example, the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch reported on the participation of UK Muslim Brotherhood groups and pro-Iranian/Hezbollah groups in organizing Quds Days demonstrations that year. The Islamic Human Rights Commission statement includes the following on a list of “Supporting Organisations” of this year’s al-Quds Day March:
- Scotland Palestine Solidarity Campaign – a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions or BDS movement, which seeks to economically and socially pressure Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and whose National Committee includes members of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
- Neturei Karta – a small extremist Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect that opposes the State of Israel
- Ahlul Bayt Islamic Mission (aka Ahl Al-Bayt Islamic Mission), the UK branch of the Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly
- Imamians UK – a group that appears to be dedicated to the late Pakistani Shia leader Arif Hussain al-Hussaini
- Inminds Human Rights Group – an anti-Israel website close to the Islamic Human Rights Commission’s chairman Massoud Shadjareh
- Union of Islamic Students Associations in Europe – a pro-Iranian government student group that has met annually at the Islamic Centre Hamburg and regularly participates in al-Quds Day
The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is a UK-based NGO founded in 1997 and has had Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since 2007. The IHRC website says it works with different organizations from Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds “to campaign for justice for all peoples regardless of their racial, confessional, or political background.” The IHRC is considered supportive of the Iranian regime and for many years has been central to organizing the events of the annual International Quds Day, initiated by the Iranian revolutionary regime.