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Iranians mark 1979 U.S. embassy takeover anniversary with flag burnings, anti-American rhetoric

Posted by Tip Staff - November 04, 2016


Thousands of Iranians gathered on Thursday at the site of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran to mark the anniversary of its takeover, the Los Angeles Times reported. The annual display of anti-American rage is tightly orchestrated by the regime; demonstrators were brought in droves by bus. Participants came from all walks of life, including “young and old, university students, military staff and employees of state-run companies.” One in 10 carried placards with the words of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “We do not trust America.” American, Israeli, and Saudi Arabian flags were burned on site.
Many voiced concern over the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, accusing Americans of not honoring their commitments. The average Iranian has seen little progress in wake of the agreement—seventy-four percent of Iranians say their living conditions have not improved. Fewer judge the Iranian economy as getting better than the year before.
Rather than helping the Iranian people, the deal has bolstered Tehran’s hardliners, notorious for supporting terrorism abroad and the brutal suppression of their own people at home. Since completion of the agreement in July 2015, Iran has stepped up its arrests of political opponents in the arts, media, and business community. The New York Times reported a surge in anti-Americanism and human rights violations shortly after the deal's implementation last year.


A senior Egyptian military official was assassinated near his home in northern Sinai by armed militants on Friday, Egyptian sources reported. Brigadier General Mahmoud Abdualazm was gunned down in El-Arish, the provincial capital of northern Sinai. Late last month, another general was killed in the same way and earlier this week, a senior military officer and a soldier were killed by an explosion. ISIS’ Sinai branch attacked an Egyptian army checkpoint last month, killing 12 Egyptian soldiers in what was the first successful ISIS attack in central Sinai.
Also on Friday, an Egyptian judge survived an assassination attempt when a nearby vehicle was detonated. Egyptian authorities arrested militants from two other recently-formed terrorist organizations: Louwaa al-Thawra (Brigade of the Revolution) and the Hasam Movement (“Hasam” is an Arabic acronym for Forearms of the Egypt Movement and means “decisiveness” in Arabic).
ISIS’ Sinai Branch cooperates regularly with Hamas over the Sinai-Gaza border. Hamas finances ISIS, trains its fighters in planting deadly IEDs and firing lethal anti-tank missiles, and smuggles weaponry across the border from Gaza into Sinai. Hamas terrorists have joined ISIS in Sinai and at least one senior Hamas official has been killed fighting alongside ISIS. Hamas has also launched drones to spy on Egyptian troop movements in Sinai along the Gaza border, part of an effort to, in the words of Avi Issacharoff of the Times of Israel, “keep smuggling routes open between Sinai and Gaza. These routes are vital to Hamas on one side of the border, and Islamic State on the other.”


High-ranking Iranian officials have hailed the election of Lebanon’s new president Michel Aoun as a boon for the Islamic Republic, with a top adviser for Iran’s parliamentary speaker saying that Aoun will advance “the resistance against the Zionist regime,” Iran’s state-owned PressTV reported on Wednesday. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also claimed that Aoun’s election will “play an important role in … the strengthening of regional stability and security, and the fight against terrorism.”His remarks echoed sentiments expressed earlier this week by Ali Akbar Velayati, the top foreign policy adviser for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “The election of Michel Aoun as president shows new support for the Islamic resistance (against Israel),” Velayati told Iran’s Tasnim news agency, according to Reuters.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Iran-backed Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, similarly expressed his satisfaction with the election of the former general. “We were honest since the very beginning in our endorsement of Michel Aoun as president, and we spared no effort for the election to achieve its goals,” he said in a televised speech on Friday, PressTV reported.
Nasrallah also expressed umbrage over accusations that Hezbollah had blocked the selection of a Lebanese president for the past two and a half years. However, Nasrallah’s second-in-command, Naim Qassem, confirmed in September that Hezbollah was determined to prevent the election of any candidate aside from Michel Aoun. “The days have proved that there is a specific path for the presidency. Those who want to elect a president have only one route to take and it leads to General Michel Aoun,” Qassem said. “The global and regional powers, the Security Council and the Arab League will not be able to alter this course. They have been trying for two years to no avail.”

Israeli victims of war and terrorism recently took part in an unusual rehabilitation event in Jerusalem led by the world’s best tattoo artists. New York-based Artists 4 Israel organized the Healing Ink happening in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to help the wounded Israelis cover up their scars. “They have the scar that was forced upon them; they were harmed and every day they wake up and look at that scar and see themselves in the mirror, it’s an exact reminder, it brings them back like this, to what happened to them,” Artists 4 Israel Executive Director Craig Dershowitz told the Associated Press. So, Artists 4 Israel invited leading tattoo artists to Israel to help victims of war and terrorism transform their pain into something beautiful. Californian tattoo artist Steve Soto tattooed Nitza Bakal, the bereaved mother of Alon Bakal, who was murdered in a terror attack in Tel Aviv in January. She chose to have her son’s signature permanently inked on her arm. (via Israel21c)

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