Iran – Persian Propaganda

This is a mural, mourning the late spiritual leader of Hamas – Sheikh Yasin. Notice the interwoven Star of David, and Stars and Stripes above the quote from the Supreme Leader.


Lebanese member of Hizbollah (party of god), killed in 1996 while fighting Israeli troops inside Lebanon. The caption is a quote from The Ayatollah: “Israel must be destroyed.” The Supreme Leader’s small portrait, overhead, seems to serve as the inspiration for the martyr!


This is a wall painting on Palestine Avenue, celebrating that nation’s armed struggle against Israel. Unknown

A Statue on Palestine Square, commemorating the Intifada.


A mural of a Palestinian, female, suicide bomber, holding her child and a rocket propelled grenade.


Here is a shop that specializes in the sale of portraits of the Supreme Leader and The Ayatollah. Allpublic establishments in Iran are required to have one or both of these portraits on site.


An advertisement for a female parliamentary candidate.


This poster celebrates Iran’s industrial independence. Unknown

The Avenue that has become the main obstacle in the renewal of diplomatic ties between Iran and Egypt, since it bears the name of Anwar Sadat’s assassin, Khaled Eslamboli. Unknown

This is Eslamboli’s portrait on the Avenue that bears his name. The caption reads: ‘I killed The Egyptian Pharaoh’.


Portraits of some of the martyrs from the Iran-Iraq war. Each respective fallen soldier represents a different religious minority (Assyrian, Armenian and Jewish). Unknown

A young member of the volunteer militia (Basij). Notice the small portrait of The Ayatollah attached to the muzzle of his weapon. Unknown

Here is a wall painting, depicting the opprobrious death of a 12-year old Palestinian boy, Muhammad Al-Dura, in the arms of his father. mohammad

Classic anti-U.S. propaganda Unknown

An important point of note for readers is that taking such pictures in Tehran is not a risk-free proposition. A couple of years ago I was taking similar shots of anti-American murals on the walls of the infamous, former, American embassy, when I was stopped by a couple of plain-clothes members of the State Security Apparatus, and my camera (film included) confiscated. You may be familiar with the story of Zahra Kazemi (my namesake), who faced fatal consequences when detained under similar circumstances – Link to article

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