Iranians start to protest anti-Israel protests...
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Iran's government used annual pro-Palestinian demonstrations Friday to renew its threat to wipe Israel off the map, while dissident leaders accused the regime of using verbal attacks on Israel to divert attention from its battle with domestic political opponents.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a long speech during religious services, attacking Washington's efforts to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians and saying no one has the right to negotiate away any Palestinian land.
Mr. Ahmadinejad called on all Muslims to prepare for a final battle to free Jerusalem, claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians as their capital. "People of the region should be alert and ready so when the time comes we can fight our final and decisive battle" against Israel, he said.
The annual event, Quds Day, is a show of support for Palestinians in their conflict with Israel and is held on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It was initiated in 1979 by the leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who declared the liberation of Jerusalem a religious duty for all Muslims.
This year, the day was also marked by bitter criticism of Mr. Ahmadinejad's administration by his opponents. Dissident leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, issued a statement saying the government was using Israel as an excuse to crush its critics.
"The orchestrated violence against the opposition shows that the occupation of Jerusalem and Israel is just an excuse. They consider their real enemy people who are fighting to free our country from oppression," said Mr. Mousavi's statement.
Mr. Mousavi also condemned an attack on another opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, whose house was raided Thursday night by militia members loyal to the government. Gunmen stormed Mr. Karroubi's Tehran residence and shot at his bodyguards. Mr. Karroubi wasn't hurt.
Mr. Karroubi and Mr. Mousavi had called on supporters to take to the streets in an Quds Day protest. But after the attack, they told people to stay home. Opposition supporters posted hundreds of messages online on social networks and websites, saying the Iranian government treats its domestic critics worse than Israelis treat Palestinians.
"Let's all forget about Quds Day and focus on freeing Iran," wrote a man who gave his name as Adel, on website sahamnews.org, which is aligned with the Green Movement opposition.