TEHRAN, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that Iran "has proudly stood with the Palestinian people who resist the brutality of an apartheid regime."
With the notion of "apartheid regime," Zarif was referring to Israel, Iran's arch rival in the region.
"Palestine is a yardstick for justice. Few measure up," the Iranian top diplomat tweeted ahead of the Quds Day.
The Quds Day (Jerusalem Day), initiated by Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinians, is an annual event held on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, which falls on May 7 this year.
Protests have since been held on the day every year in Iran and some Arab countries to protest against Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem since the 1967 war.
"Quds Day is a yearly reminder of the moral imperative of global solidarity for Palestine," Zarif added.