Canada: Pro-Palestine and pro-Israeli protesters square off in Toronto on Al-Quds Day

Around 100 members from the Jewish Defence League (JDL) confronted pro-Palestinian protesters at a Al-Quds Day rally in Toronto, Saturday.
An estimated 500 members from Toronto's Palestinian community gathered in Queen's Park to condemn the State of Israel, before marching on to the US Consulate. Although outnumbered, pro-Israeli supporters gathered to wave the Israeli flag and denounce the rally.
Al-Quds day, which falls on the last day of the month of Ramadan, was introduced in 1979 by late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a day of protest against Zionism and Israel's control of Jerusalem. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the Palestinians and highlight the importance of Jerusalem for Muslims.

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