Sunday, September 02, 2012

Iran covers up Star of David at airport. Swastikas are OK, though.

Two years ago, I noted that Google Earth images of Mehrabad International Airport in Iran showed what appeared to be a Star of David on its roof:

Iranian media were aghast, claiming that Israeli engineers had built the building for the Shah and demanded that this hated symbol be removed.

More recent satellite images show that the star has indeed been covered up:

Another victory of the Islamic Republic over the Zionist enemy!

This mimics the similar brouhaha over dozens of six-pointed stars found on the dome in Revolution Square, in Tehran, which was similarly destroyed.

But while six-pointed stars associated with Judaism are anathema to Iranian leaders, other patterns  - like this set of four swastikas at Islamic Azad University - don't seem to bother them so much: