An Iranian athlete refused to shake the Duchess of Cambridge's hand

by Tapesh

An Iranian athlete refused to shake the Duchess of Cambridge's hand after she presented him with his discus silver medal on Sunday. The Royal was warmly received on the podium by Paralympic GB's gold medal winner Aled Davies and Chinese bronze medallist Lezheng Wang. But when it was Mehrdad Karam Zadeh's turn to step up, the 40-year-old failed to offer a hand to the Duchess, clutching them close to his chest.

His decision not to shake hands with the Duchess was likely to have been a result of Iranian cultural convention which bans such contact between unrelated men and women. The Duchess appeared to have been briefed on the situation, because she did not offer her hand either. The incident threatened to overshadow a glittering night for Paralympics GB, which enjoyed its most successful day of the Games so far with seven gold medals.


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Dr. Mohandes

Sign language

by Dr. Mohandes on

Did anyone notice how the medal bearer had a hard time taking his eyes off of the dutchess's royally awsome knockers?

I happen to think that this was all part a pre-arranged deal and i saw a report where they spotted her drop-dead gorgeousness knocking at his door that same night.


now you have a choice to make. the scientologists or the dutchess and her girlfriends.

Darius Kadivar

LOL anglophile Jan indeed and it's "Ma'am" as in "Ham"

by Darius Kadivar on

It's Ma'am as in "Ham" not "Mam" as in "Farm" ...  


The Queen - Etiquette Scene where Tony Blair becomes PM


My Favorite Part :


Tony Blair ( Michael Sheen) :' You obviously seem to know my Job better than I do ?"


The Queen ( Helen Mirren): "Well you are my 10th PM ... My First of course was Winston Churchill ..."  


Modern protocol vs defunct rituals

by alimostofi on

T: you used this phrase "Iranian cultural convention". Surely you meant to say "Islamic ritual". Please note that no culture has such disrespect, but there are many gangs and cults that do have such absurd rituals and no humanitarian respect.

All humans are equal, and just because your gender is different, that does not allow you to have a different greeting protocol. Many cults are based dividing humans, by making fundamental changes to basic human greeting protocols. I don't use a religious greeting ever. I say dorood and bedrood. Moslems bring religion into it.

But look at how modern social networking has completely changed all that, and will continue to bring people together. It is the Age of Aquarius!

FB: astrologer.alimostofi


Not to worry, Khamenei kisses the Queen's @$$ instead!


That should compensate for the athlete not kissing the Duchess's hand!

Shomo would kiss every where on that Duchess!



by Fesenjoon2 on

or....he should have asked her:

"Woman! Do you have permission from your husband to be outside the house? Or is your husband bi-gheirat???!! Is he bi-naamoos?????!" ( this point the guards start dragging him away as he keeps shouting Islamic profanities) 

Anonymous Observer

He should have suicide bombed her

by Anonymous Observer on

or taken her hostage to show the greatness of Islamo Iranian culture.  Or perhaps attacked her embassy in Tehran.  Oh, wait..they already did that. 



Why worry about 1 Iranian not kissing a British hand

by MaryamJoon on

... when there are plenty that will kiss every other part?  



by Faramarz on



I have no desire to kiss the Queen's hand, but Kate and her sister look like a lot of fun!


It is not the correct etiquette to kiss the Queen's hand

by anglophile on

    • Royal etiquette


      Learn from mistakes in the past. Don't say "pleased to meet you." That's thought to be redundant because everyone is pleased to meet the Queen. It is also considered bad manners to chew gum around the queen, put an arm around her, kiss her hand, turn your back on her, or continue to eat once she has stopped.




Real Men Don't Call Themselves Maryam Joon!

by Faramarz on



Kissing a woman's hand will get you further than you might imagine!

Give it a try!


REAL Iranians don't kiss British monarch's hands ...

by MaryamJoon on

... they just don't.  And they know why.


He Should've Kissed Her Hand!

by Faramarz on



A gentleman always kisses a lady's hand and opens the door for her.


The poor man probably was

by Albaloo on

The poor man probably was afraid to do so and ends up in jail once back to Iran. 


Brain washing

by MRX on

30+ years of brain washing by islamists has affected some people's thinking  in islamic paradise wheather we like it or not. one day they don't shake hand with women another day with jews, next day they don't participate in a match. List goes on and on.....

I always said post IRI who ever or what ever regime comes to power, will have their hands full just trying to bring up the society to 1979 level, never mind 2012 and beyond!


In some cultures they rub noses ... Eskimos for example

by MaryamJoon on

Let's see the Queen greet an Eskimo


Duchess or not, doesn't make any difference

by Rea on

She's simply used to a handshake. Like most human beings are.

At the same time, he's a poor fellow who has to go back to IRI. Unless, there is a country willing to give him political asylum.

So, let's not judge too harshly, it's not his fault.


Is that why they are so scared of you Fesenjun?

by MaryamJoon on



OMG, and it was the "Duchess"....

by Bavafa on


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



It's called vaginaphobia!

by Fesenjoon2 on

...and it's one of the proud social achievements of the Islamic Republic.


It's his hand

by MaryamJoon on

... he can do what he wants with it.

Darius Kadivar

Must explain his handicap ... ;0))

by Darius Kadivar on

He either has a problem with his articulations or is mentally retarded not to want to shake hands with such a gorgeous looking woman ...


Even Khatami wouldn't have missed that opportunity ...


Go to approx : 5mn45 and see How Khatami even turns his head to notice the discreet pretty dark haired Italian Raggazza ;0))


khatami and udine shaking hands 







by anglophile on

If a man must practise the "Islamic" code of conduct in its strict sense he must not lay his eyes on an "unrelated" (na-mahram) female, let alone allowing her to get so close to him to hang a medal around his neck (hence touching him). Once the code is breached, then there is no point in withdrawing his hand. Hypocritical behaviour. 

In any case, it was Karam-Zadeh's loss to miss an opportuinty to shake hands with the beautiful Duchess.