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Iranians Hold Customary Flag-Burning Commemoration on Anniversary of Embassy Takeover

Burned Israeli flags.

Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

Today is the 35th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. How are Iranian extremists celebrating?

Participants in the annual demonstration on November 4 burned American, Israeli, and British flags and chanted slogans against the three countries.

Iran and the United States are actually in a period of relatively good relations. They’re strange-bedfellow allies in the war against ISIS, and an agreement on nuclear nonproliferation could involve the easing of restrictions on financial transactions between the two countries. But traditions are traditions, and in Iran, flag-burning is one of them: The picture above was actually depicts another annual event (Jerusalem Day—the flag that’s intact is Palestine’s) during which enemy national symbols are customarily set alight.