Iranian protesters in Fordo burning an Israeli flag
Iranian protesters in Fordo burning an Israeli flag
Photo: EPA
Iranian protesters in Fordo burning an Israeli flag

Iranian factory thrives on making Israeli and U.S. flags for burning

Diba Parcham plant in Khomein, southwest of Tehran, produces some 2,000 flags a month in its busiest periods - more than 1.5 million square feet of flags a year; 'The people of America and Israel know that we have no problem with them,' says owner

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Published: 01.30.20 , 09:12
Business is booming at Iran's largest flag factory which makes U.S., British and Israeli flags for Iranian protesters to burn.
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  • At the factory in the town of Khomein, southwest of the capital Tehran, young men and women print the flags by hand then hang them up to dry.
    Iranian protesters in Fordo burning an Israeli flag Iranian protesters in Fordo burning an Israeli flag
    Iranian protesters in Fordo burning an Israeli flag
    (Photo: EPA)
    The factory produces about 2,000 U.S. and Israeli flags a month in its busiest periods, and more than 1.5 million square feet of flags a year.
    Tensions between the United States and Iran have reached the highest level in decades after top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3, prompting Iran to retaliate with a missile attack against a U.S. base in Iraq days later.
    In state-sponsored rallies and protests in Iran, demonstrators regularly burn the flags of Israel, U.S. and Britain.
    חייל איראני  דורך על מגן דודחייל איראני  דורך על מגן דוד
    An Iranian soldier shows off the Israeli flag drawn on the sole of his boot
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Ghasem Ghanjani, who owns the Diba Parcham flag factory, said: "We have no problem with the American and British people. We have [a] problem with their governors. We have (a) problem with their presidents, with the wrong policy they have."
    "The people of America and Israel know that we have no problem with them. If people burn the flags of these countries at different rallies, it is only to show their protest."
    איראן טהרן שורפים את דגל ארה"ב אחרי חיסול קאסם סולימאניאיראן טהרן שורפים את דגל ארה"ב אחרי חיסול קאסם סולימאני
    Iranians set fire to an American flag following the U.S. assassination of General Qassem Soleimani at the start of the year
    (צילום: AFP)
    Rezaei, a quality control manager, who declined to give her first name, said: "Compared to the cowardly actions of the United States, such as General [Qassem] Soleimani's assassination, this [burning an American flag] is a minimal thing against them. This is the least that can be done."
    For hardliners, anti-American sentiment has always been central to Iran's Islamic revolution, and Iran's clerical rulers continue to denounce the United States as the Great Satan.
    Last November, however, many Iranians took to the streets to protest against the country's top authorities, chanting "our enemy is not the U.S., our enemy is here."
    סטודנטים ב איראן נמנעו מלדרוך על דגלים דגל ארה"ב ו ישראלסטודנטים ב איראן נמנעו מלדרוך על דגלים דגל ארה"ב ו ישראל
    Iranian students in Tehran walk around the American and Israeli flags instead of on them
    During protests this month that erupted after Tehran belatedly admitted shooting down a passenger plane by mistake, young demonstrators in Tehran refused to step on American and Israeli flags painted on the street.

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