Published November 30, 2010
A satellite image of the headquarters of Iran's national airline reveals a Star of David, and government officials in the Islamic Republic are calling for its immediate removal, according to reports.
The satellite image of the Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran, also known as Iran Air, was taken by Google Earth, according to Ynetnews.com. Local reports say the building was "built by Israeli engineers" who worked in the country before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
"It's interesting that even 32 years after the victory of the revolution, this Zionist star symbol has yet to be removed from the building," a local Iranian website wrote, according to Ynetnews.com.
The calls to remove the symbol were accompanied by local media reports on Iran's close relations with Israel prior to the revolution.
According to the local reports, El Al planes regularly took off from Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport airport to Ben-Guron Airport in Tel Aviv between 1960 and 1979. In addition, Israel sold weapons to the army of Iran's king, Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi, in exchange for oil.
The incident is not the first time in recent months that the Star of David has sparked controversy in Iran, Ynetnews.com reports. In August, a Jewish star was spotted on a building in a main square in Tehran, prompting some to claim that the "Zionist regime is conquering the Revolution Square."