US, Israel Flags Burned as Iran Marks 1979 Embassy Takeover

Stand for Israel  |  November 4, 2021

American flag burned in Iran, marking embassy takeover
(Photo: Keyvan Firouzei/Tasnim News Agency)

In 1979, hardline rioters who were part of the Iranian Revolution stormed the U.S. Embassy there, resulting in 52 Americans being held hostage. Today, The Times of Israel’s Amir Vahdat reports, the people of Iran are still celebrating this attack 42 years later, observing its anniversary by burning American and Israeli flags:

Thousands of Iranians gathered on Tehran streets Thursday for the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy, chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” and burning American and Israeli flags. The embassy takeover triggered a 444-day hostage crisis and break in diplomatic relations that continues to this day.

The government-organized commemoration, long a venue for voicing anti-Western sentiment, typically draws angry crowds each year. Last year, authorities canceled the event due to the still-raging coronavirus pandemic but on Thursday, state TV said that 800 cities across Iran staged demonstrations…

Long-simmering tensions between the United States and Iran have flared again in recent months after Iran’s election of ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi, which brought hard-liners to power across every branch of government and stalled Tehran’s negotiations with world powers to revive its now-tattered 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran has ramped up nuclear escalations at the same time, enriching small quantities of uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels and interfering with international inspections of its nuclear sites…

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