[Ed. – Just a reminder: there is no such thing as an organization in America, England, or Israel that would chant “Death to Iran!” There’s zero equivalence or political parallel here. People who call for “death” to others are bad guys, and people who don’t are not bad guys. If people are forced by the threats of an armed state to participate in death chants, that means that even people who don’t want to have no power, and we can’t count on them to have policy influence. We need to keep all that straight.]
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, addressed a gathering of Iranian teachers on May 6 who repeatedly responded to his address by chanting in unison: “God is great! Khamene’i is the leader! Death to the enemies of the leadership! Death to America! Death to England! Death to the hypocrites! Death to Israel!”
According to an English-language transcript of the speech published by the BBC, the Iranian teachers interrupted the ayatollah with chants expressing their desire to see the death of America, England and Israel at three points in his speech.
“We say that teachers carry out the task of the prophets, this is the depth and heart of this saying. That is what a teacher is,” the ayatollah said at one point, according to the transcript published by the BBC.
“Well, that has some prerequisites. One of the prerequisites is the issue of economy which, as I said, the economy of the [Ministry] of Education, the livelihood of the teachers is one of the necessities,” said the ayatollah. “We know the restrictions of government apparatuses; we are not strangers to the restrictions and problems that exist. But the effort of governmental officials must be to pay special attention to that sector.”
At this point, according to the BBC, the audience chanted: “God is great, Khamene’i is the leader, death to the enemies of the leadership; death to America; death to England; death to the hypocrites; death to Israel.”