'Tehran: Star of David dome destroyed'

Authorities ordered the destruction of a dome in the main square of Tehran because its decoration resembled the Jewish symbol, according to Fars.

December 15, 2011 15:07
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Satellite Pic, Teheran Airport Magen David [file]

Iran Air Magen David 311. (photo credit: Google Earth)

Tehran municipality workers destroyed the "Star of David dome" in the capital's main square, according to a report by Iran's semi-official Fars news agency, cited by Channel Two News.

The authorities reportedly ordered the destruction of the dome, which had "characteristics associated with the Zionist regime." Fars reported that the move came after increasing disapproval was expressed regarding the feature.

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The dome was placed in the square in August last year, surprising many due to the central location. It was allegedly placed there instead of a monument to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a symbol and leader of Islamic opposition to the shah’s secular and Western-aligned rule. 

According to report, the ornamental tiling which bore a symbol resembling the Star of David was removed, leaving the dome bare.

Over a year ago government officials in Iran were incensed when they discovered the outline of a Star of David atop the roof of the headquarters of Iran.

The six-pointed star was discovered by an eagle-eyed Google Earth user, over three decades after the building that houses the national airline of the Islamic Republic was constructed by Israeli engineers.

Ben Hartman contributed to this report

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