Thousands of demonstrators across the Middle East celebrated ‘Quds’ or ‘Jerusalem Day’ by hanging effigies of President Trump and burning US, UK, and Israeli flags.
“Iranians in the capital Tehran set fire to effigies of President Donald Trump, while in the Iraqi capital, Iran-backed militiamen marched over a large Israeli flag as part of rallies Friday marking Quds, or Jerusalem Day. The annual protests come as the Trump administration tries to market its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan,” reports the Associated Press.
“Held each year on the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, Iran has marked Quds Day since the start of its 1979 Islamic Revolution by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day is an occasion to express support for the Palestinians,” adds the AP.
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The Iranian regime is showing new signs of stress from President Trump’s recent round of sanctions this week; with declassified documents revealing the Islamic Republic is “lacking cash” to finance terror groups across the Middle East.
“Newly declassified intelligence shows that Palestinian terror group Hamas had to introduce ‘austerity plans’ due to lack of funding from the Iranian regime,” reports Fox News. “State Department officials say the intelligence that was shared exclusively with Fox News reveals Tehran’s diminishing resources and influence within the region, prompting cutbacks among groups backed by the regime.”
“Due to lack of funding from Iran, Hamas had to introduce ‘austerity plans’ while other Shia militia groups were told by Iran that they need to find other sources of revenue as Iran is no longer in a position to provide them the funds,” adds the author. “This coincided with Lebanon-based Hezbollah’s calls on social media to donate to piggy banks. The group apparently used even children to attract contributions.”
President Trump ratcheted up pressure on Tehran last week; deploying an additional US aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf after intelligence reports showed Iran was planning attacks on American interests in the region.
In response, Iranian officials reportedly ordered a massive increase in the production of enriched Uranium; openly defying the Trump administration as tensions between Tehran and Washington rapidly escalate.
“Iran has quadrupled its production of enriched uranium amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s unraveling nuclear accord, two semi-official news agencies reported Monday, an announcement that came just after President Donald Trump and Iran’s foreign minister traded threats and taunts,” reports the Associated Press.