Covid forces Iran to drop anti-Israel rally

“If this march is held in some cities only, it would bring more harm, as the foreign media looks at Tehran to assess the success of the Al-Quds march,” said Ramezan Sharif

Humbled by the coronavirus pandemic impact, Iran might drop annual anti-Israel demonstrations on Al-Quds Day, according to reports a Jewish media. The media outlet had quoted Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) spokesman Ramezan Sharif who announced that Al-Quds Day may not be celebrated this year. Al-Quds Day features rallies calling for the elimination of Israel and death and destruction of Jews and the “liberation” from the “infidels” of Jerusalem. “It will most likely not be possible to hold an Al-Quds Day march in Tehran this year,” Sharif said.

Iran was badly hit by Covid pandemic. Iran had divided the country into white, yellow, and red areas, depending on the severity of the outbreak. Low-risk cities and towns fall under the “white area” designation. Sharif dismissed the idea of holding rallies in “white areas” because of the negative optics. “If this march is held in some cities only, it would bring more harm, as the foreign media looks at Tehran to assess the success of the Al-Quds march,” said Sharif.

However, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei is expected to address the country where he is likely to lash out against Israel.