July 26, 1953: A small band of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro attacks the Moncada army barracks in Santiago de Cuba, launching the Cuban Revolution.
Iranians took part in huge rallies across the country on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite Israel’s terror campaign in Gaza that has killed over 800 people, mostly civilians.
Iranian state television footage showed hundreds of thousands of people demonstrating in the capital Tehran. They chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” and carried pictures of Palestinian children killed in Gaza.
State media said “millions” of people joined the rallies nationwide in about 700 cities, which were called to mark Iran’s annual day of solidarity with Palestinians.
People condemned US support for Israel and burned US and Israeli flags. State television said they also criticized foreign governments, who they said had remained silent about Israel’s crimes against humanity.
"Raise your voice. Remaining silent means allowing the Zionist regime to continue genocide of Palestinians," said a statement read at the Jerusalem Day rally, broadcast live on state TV.
"Anyone who can bear arms, we call to join the army of the LC — voluntarily, honestly and in good conscience," said leader Valery Bolotov.
"Our human resources are not infinite. Without broad participation, the Ukrainian military will destroy those who keep fighting. People need to realize this, they must mobilize themselves and rebuild with a new war footing."
Comrade Vyacheslav Kovshun, ¡Presente!
Vyacheslav Kovshun was a local activist and leader of the Communist Party of Ukraine. Comrade Kovshun was 58 years old and Secretary of the Party’s Glinsky chapter in Donetsk.
On the night of July 22, he was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by the fascist Ukrainian National Guard. At the same time, oligarch President Petro Poroshenko was signing an anti-democratic law to outlaw the Communist Party’s parliamentary group.
Red salute to Comrade Kovshun! His sacrifice will not be forgotten!
Thanks to Comrade Sasha Savchenko
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday praised the Palestinian resistance defending Gaza from Israel’s ongoing assault on the besieged strip, saying that Israel was failing in its war and headed on a path of suicide.
"Gaza today is holding funeral processions for its martyrs, and has achieved victory in resistance," Nasrallah said in a rare live appearance from a complex in Beirut’s southern suburbs to mark the annual Jerusalem Day.
"When we reach day 18 [of the Israeli assault] and the Zionists together with the world are incapable of achieving any goal in Gaza, it means the resistance has achieved victory in Gaza."
Palestinian fighters in Gaza have vowed to press on with the war until Israel ends its eight-year-long land, air and sea blockade of the strip, which prevents the movement of people and goods, including the importation of basic necessities and medicine.
Nasrallah said those demands were just.
"The siege means death on a daily basis for the people of Gaza, not for 18 days but for years. I must repeat, there must be political, media, financial, material support and support with arms," he said.
"We must remind everyone here, Iran and Syria together with the resistance in Lebanon, and especially Hezbollah in accordance with its capabilities, for many long years never spared any efforts in supporting the Palestinian resistance — politically, on media, morally, financially, from material angles, weapons, logistical support and expertise."
By B. Mousa and M. Ismael
Damascus, SANA – A massive rally took place Friday in Damascus starting from the entrance of al-Hamidiyeh market towards the Umayyad Mosque marking the International al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
The event was first initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in the face of the Zionist Israeli entity and its control of Jerusalem.
Popular figures and representatives of Palestinian and Syrian forces, factions and commissions took part in the rally, expressing support with the besieged people of the Gaza Strip who have been under barbaric Israel aggression for 19 consecutive days that has left over 815 Palestinians dead and more than 5220 wounded.
Member of the Regional Leadership of al-Baath Party, Head of Media and Culture Office, Khalaf al-Muftah said that the Palestinian people in Gaza are repelling bravely the Zionist aggression waged against them in cooperation and support from the enemies of the Arab nation and their tools in the region as the Gulf countries and Turkey.
“The aggression on Gaza was not the first and will not be the last because it reflects the criminal mentality of the Zionist entity,” al-Muftah said.
He considered the aggression on Gaza a genocide against the Palestinian people, condemning the West’s double standards regarding what is happening in the region.
For his part, Assistant Secretary General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command Talal Naji said that al-Quds Day is for the Arab and Islamic people around the world, hailing the sacrifices of the Palestinian people in Gaza in confronting Zionist enemy which seeks to liquidate the Palestinian cause.
He also called on all free people around the world to support the Palestinian people against the brutal Israeli aggression amid the silence of the countries and organizations that claim protection of human rights.
The participants said that Syria will support resistance until it achieves freedom.
International Quds Day | يوم القدس العالمي
Tehran, Iran | طهران، ايران
By Cecily McMillan
I RECENTLY served 58 days of a three-month sentence on Rikers Island. I was convicted in May of assaulting a New York City police officer as the police cleared Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street protesters in 2012. (I am appealing my conviction.) I got a firsthand experience that I did not seek of what it is like to live behind bars.
On one day in May, I was waiting outside the jail pharmacy for my daily A.D.H.D. prescription. A male officer began harassing me, and when I made the mistake of looking at his badge to get his number, he slammed his body into mine and shouted a sexual slur at me.
I wrote up a complaint and then showed it to my lawyer, but he advised me not to file it, because of the risk of retaliation. Despite formal rules governing the interactions between correction officers and inmates that are detailed in the inmate handbook issued to everyone at intake, in reality we had no rights and no recourse in these kinds of conflicts.
Violence is easy to grasp and to condemn. What’s harder to understand for people who haven’t done time is the day-in, day-out degradation and neglect.