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U.s., Israel Condemn Iran Stamp Showing Boy Stoning a Synagogue

February 12, 1992
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The United States has joined Israel in condemning an Iranian postage stamp that depicts a young boy hurling a rock through a window with a Star of David.

It is Iran’s contribution to the 1991 International Day of the Child.

The stamp is the most egregious example of state-sponsored religious intolerance, John Burgess, the U.S. delegate to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, said at its annual meeting here.

The stamp, which evokes memories of Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany 54 years ago, encourages intolerance and violence against members of the Jewish faith, the U.S. envoy told the commission Monday.

“It violates both the 1991 declaration and a 1984 resolution of the Universal Postal Union, which called for the avoidance of stamp designs that are offensive to people or countries,” Burgess pointed out.

“Such activity should be deemed completely unacceptable, particularly for a member of the Human Rights Commission,” he said.

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