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Excerpts of his speech will be published in our Tuesday issue.
In the holy city of Mashhad, a group of youths began three days of vigil at the famous Goharshad Mosque in solidarity with the Palestinian "March of Return” being held in the Gaza Strip since March 30.
They began their "I’tikaf” or spiritual retreat on Monday, kicking off three days of prayers and support for the Palestinians whose peaceful weekly rallies at a fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories have been met with a ruthless military crackdown by Zionist troops.
I’tikaf is an Islamic practice consisting of a period of staying in a mosque for a certain number of days, devoting oneself to worship and staying away from worldly affairs.  
The 11th consecutive Friday of protests last week marked Israeli killing of at least four protesters. The latest protest was called the "One-Million March for Al-Quds" to mark the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 and to call again for the right of return for Palestinians.
It also coincided with Al-Quds Day, an annual event that takes place on the final Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to campaign for the rights of Palestinians.
In Iran, several millions of protesters took to the streets in more than 800 cities to support Palestinians and condemn U.S.-backed Israeli atrocities.
The protesters chanted "Death to Israel” and "Death to America” and burned effigies of President Donald Trump whose decision this year to recognize Jerusalem Al-Quds as the so-called Israeli capital and move the U.S. embassy to the occupied city has outraged Muslims.  

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