To Burn Or Not To Burn? Kerfuffle Flares In Iran Over Torching U.S. Flag

Burning U.S. flags has become a tradition in Iran at annual state-organized events commemorating the anniversary of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran and the hostage taking of U.S. diplomats that led to the severing of ties between the two countries.

But a kerfuffle over flag-burning has flared after the head of the Islamic Propagation Coordination Council in the northeastern city of Kashmar appeared to suggest that officials last year frowned upon torching the Stars and Stripes.

“Last year we had a letter from the Council of Islamic Propagation stating that the U.S. flag should not be burned because it’s an official country, and that only the flag of Israel should be set on fire,” the hard-line Fars news agency quoted the official, Hojatoleslam Ghassem Ali Majidi, as saying on October 18.