The UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has published a press release calling on people to “Fly the Flag for Palestine” to mark the annual International Quds Day [Jerusalem Day] on May 7th. According to the release:
April 26, 2021 With the Covid-19 pandemic posing insurmountable challenges to organising the traditional Al-Quds Day marches and rallies, plans are once again afoot to remember the people of Palestine and their quest for justice by flying the flag of their country…This year we are calling on people to fly the Palestinian flag anywhere and everywhere for the week running up to Quds Day which is on Friday 7th May 2021, and to then post about it with hashtag #FlyTheFlag…Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is an opportunity for activists around the world to be intuitive and come up with various activities to mark the occasion in a safe way. We would recommend car rallies, creative arts, social media clips or the usual conventional protests if safe and permitted.
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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 press release goes on to identify the organizations supporting the “Fly the Flag” campaign, including the following pro-Iranian and far-left groups:
- Ahlul Bayt Islamic Mission (aka Ahl Al-Bayt Islamic Mission), which an Israeli think-tank described as the UK branch of the Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly.
- Imamians UK – a group that describes itself as working together to achieve the common goal of peace and love through a just society
- Inminds Human Rights Group – an anti-Israel website close to the IHRC’s chairman Massoud Shadjareh
- Islamic Centre England – part of the Iranian influence network in the UK. Founded in December 1995 and opened officially in 1998
- Neturei Karta – a small extremist Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect that opposes Zionism
- Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) – a group chaired by Mick Napier, who on his Twitter account states he is a “Lifelong socialist, anti-racist. Despise Tories. Only Scot certified free of racism by two Scottish courts”.
- Bab-ul-Ilm Society Ireland – which according to its Facebook page, is a Shia non-profit Islamic devout and cultural center, also known as AzaKhana-e-Zahra (s.a)
- Imam Ali Moske Denmark – a large Shia Copenhagen Mosque opened in 2015, whose construction was supported by donations delivered through the UK World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations
- Al-Quds Committee Detroit – a US group which on its Facebook page says it is “an effort to peacefully raise the voice against Zionist atrocities and human rights’ violations in occupied Palestine.”
- Canadian Defenders for Human Rights (CD4HR), whose head previously led a boycott campaign against Toronto businesses supporting Israel
The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is a UK-based NGO founded in 1997. Since 2007, it has had Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Its 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.
For more on the IHRC, go here.