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News Bytes 02/11/2020 15 Comments

Workers at a small Iranian factory carefully add 50 stars and 13 red-and-white bars to what are supposed to be U.S. flags. They also imprint the blue Star of David on Israeli ones. But their hard work will probably go up in flames. This company produces American and Israeli flags for burning at pro-government rallies in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Today marks the 41st anniversary of the Iranian revolution, a time that branded the United States as Iran’s greatest foe and the “Great Satan.”

Images of today’s celebrations show many flags being burned. The burnings signal support for Iran’s embattled religious rulers. They’ve also become symbolic of the country’s anger after a U.S. drone strike killed their top general, Qassem Soleimani, early last month.

Diba Parcham Khomein factory produces 1.5 million flags each year. As many as 6,000 of those are American, British, and Israeli. Iranian political hard-liners purchase them for about two dollars apiece—to be stomped on, torn, and ultimately set ablaze. The factory also makes Iranian flags and a small number of Iraqi flags for export.

Iran does not recognize Israel as a country, so workers add “Death to Israel” to Israel’s flags.

“In recent years, the production of the U.S. flags has been tripled,” factory owner Abolfazl Khanjani says. He accepts no responsibility for the flags’ eventual destruction. “What eventually happens to my products is on its end user.”

Khanjani says burning the American flag offers Iranians a direct way to express their anger at U.S. policies, including economic policies choking his country.

“Does the production of U.S. flags for burning pose any danger to anyone? Does it hurt anyone? My answer is no. It is an insult at worst,” he says. “But what about the production of weapons, bombs, and drones for terror that have been used against our people and our country’s general? Has it not harmed my country?”

Despite expressing anger at U.S. policies, Khanjani insists his factory’s decision to supply flags for burning is a simple supply-and-demand business move.

Like many middle-class Iranians, Khanjani holds out hopes for better relations between Tehran and the United States. He says, “I hope there is a day that the flags we produce are presented as a gift.”

(In this Saturday, February 8 photo, workers print U.S. flags at the Diba Parcham Khomein factory in central Iran. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

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What did Israel do to upset

What did Israel do to upset them so much?

@ Alaina H

I think it has something to do with the 1979 revolution, but I'm not sure.

Alaina H

Looked it up for you. Apparently one reason is that Israel is friends with some of Iran's enemies. Copied and pasted it for you down there : )

Key issues in the conflict include Iran's support of groups opposing Israel in the Arab–Israeli conflict, Israel's support of Iranian rebel groups, Iran's nuclear program, and Israel's ties with other rivals of Iran such as Saudi Arabia and the United States

Goodness, that's harsh. I

Goodness, that's harsh. I hope things between the USA and Iran improve soon.

I wonder what it's like to be

I wonder what it's like to be an American in Iran today.

this is so sad I just wish we

this is so sad I just wish we could all get along

That's sad. You are only

That's sad. You are only supposed to burn the U.S. flag honorably if no longer can serve as a flag (like if it is ripped or torn), but burning them in protest is a terrible thing to do!


burning the U.S. flag is sooooo offensive to me it makes me mad that people would do that


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Bella C & Carys M


I know! This is so bad! Did

I know! This is so bad! Did you notice all the writing on the Israel flag? I’m surprised they didn’t just cross out the Star of David! But getting your bible burned by Muslims is even worse than this. I saw on the Open Doors website the world watch list and there was a video. We watched it and there were terrible things people do to Christians.

Janna (Daniel's sister)

I heard that Iran shot down a passenger jet and killed like 250 people.

41 Years?!

Wow, they have gone so far, just image being a worker for this small factory! 1.5 Billion Flags a year! That's 2 million, 7 hundred and 39 thousand, 7 hundred and 27 flags a day! (2,739,727)

@Alahna H

Remember when Abraham had a son with his slave instead of Sarah? We'll Ishmael (Hagar and Abraham's son) is still believed to be the son that was blessed, not Issac. (Genesis 17-18) Go ahead and read for yourself to clarify what happened. (:

@ Janna

Wow, that's so sad! I wonder why...

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