Press TV, Rome
Muslims across Italy have virtually observed and taken part in the International Quds Day. On Saturday the day after the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan a commemoration was held in the form of a videoconference titled Jerusalem al-Quds.
The initiative was attended by authoritative figures from the Islamic community in Italy. The virtual gathering sent out a strong message of undivided solidarity with the people of Palestine in demanding self-determination, independence, and dignity.
Video Conference speakers stressed the fact that as the occupation in Palestinian territories continues, the Israeli occupiers are annexing more areas, killing more civilians, crushing all political resistance, and shutting down free press. This comes amid the growing indifference of the international community.
The Italian media have increasingly failed to report on the Palestinian struggle over the past years. On Thursday Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio met with his Palestinian counterpart Riad al-Maliki in Rome, but the encounter went completely unnoticed by the media.
Quds day was first introduced by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 and has become an annual affirmation of the Muslims’ solidarity with the people of Palestine in their struggle for the liberation of Jerusalem al-Quds.