From Atlanta to Phoenix, from Dallas to Detroit, on Aug. 17 — the International Quds Day, an annual event that began in 1979 to commemorate the last Friday of Ramadan — activists from Australia to Iran demonstrated solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Houston was one of 20 U.S. and seven Canadian cities where activists joined with millions worldwide to denounce Zionism. In nearly 100-degree weather, Houston Muslims who were fasting for Ramadan could not drink water but chanted loud and clear, “No justice, no peace” and “Down with Zionism” at Houston’s busiest intersection.
A dozen young children enjoyed alleviating the scorching, hot sunshine by using spray bottles to squirt water on people’s faces. According to Houston organizer Madiha B. Zaidi, “This demand for justice will take place every year until Palestine will be free from Zionist hands!”