Like most stories, the tale of today's Al-Quds Day celebration in Iran has at least two sides.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini established Al-Quds Day shortly after he came to power in 1979. Translated, Quds means Jerusalem. Khomeini created the holiday to demonstrate Iran's solidarity with Palestinians, and to emphasize Jerusalem's importance to Muslims. Historically, the holiday has served as an outlet for vitriolic anti-Israel and anti-Zionist rhetoric.
And although it originated in Iran, it is now celebrated by Muslims around the world.
Both Al-Jazeera and Ha'aretz led their coverage with Ahmadinejad's denigration of the current White House peace talks. According to Al-Jazeera, Ahmadinejad called the fresh attempts at peace "stillborn and doomed."
"Who gave them the right to sell a piece of Palestinian land?" Ahmadinejad asked, speaking to Iranians rallying at Tehran University of the team negotiating for Palestine. "The people of Palestine and the people of the region will not allow them to sell even an inch of Palestinian soil to the enemy."