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Anti-British feeling in Argentina stems mainly from the Falkland Islands dispute and the Falklands War in 1982 with the United Kingdom. Due to this, anti-British protests and acts of vandalism do erupt.
Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
'Pom' is a common Australasian slang word for British people, a shortened version of the original "Pommy". It is often combined with 'whing[e]ing' (complaining) to make the expression 'whingeing Pom' - a British immigrant who stereotypically complains about everything in Australia. This slang word is also used within South Africa. In 2007 a complaint to Australia's Advertising Standards Bureau about a television commercial using the term 'Pom' was upheld and the commercial was withdrawn. However it should be noted that a vast majority of British nationals[who?] do not find the term "Pom" offensive, and often consider it as an insult used in jest with no real malice behind the expression. Likewise, many British nationals[who?] refer (again, in jest) to the Australian and New Zealand peoples as "Aussies" and "Kiwis" respectively, with no malice intended. However, most British expatriates[who?] interpret it as an inferiority complex by the Australians "cultural cringe"
Anti-British sentiment, sometimes described as Anglophobia, has been described as "deeply entrenched in Iranian culture", and reported to be increasingly prevalent in Iran. In July 2009, an adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Britain "worse than America" for its alleged interference in Iran's post-election affairs. In the first half of the 20th century, the British Empire exerted political influence over Iran (Persia) in order to control the profits from the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. As a result, British influence was widely known to have been behind the overthrow of the Qajar Dynasty in the 1920s, the subsequent rise of Reza Shah Pahlavi, and the successful coup d'état overthrowing prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq in 1953.
On Monday 9 August 2010, the senior Iranian minister and Iran's first vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi declared that the British people were "stupid" and "not human". His remarks drew criticism from Simon Gass, the British ambassador in Iran, and also from the media in Britain.
In November 2011 the Iranian parliament voted to downgrade relations with the UK after British sanctions were imposed on Iran due to its nuclear programme. Politicians reportedly shouted "Death to Britain". On 29 November 2011, Iranian students in Tehran stormed the British embassy, ransacked offices, smashed windows, shouted "Death to England" and burned the British flag.
Anti-British sentiment has been evident across Israeli mainstream media. Israeli officials and media have routinely attempted to claim that the United Kingdom is "anti-semitic". In 2010, one of Israel's leading newspapers, Haaretz, claimed that the United Kingdom was "anti-semitic" and claimed Britain had a "not-so-splendid heritage". Haaretz also accused "The English" of controlling Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. And went on to claim that Britain was occupying "Ireland's island". Haaretz also claimed Britain was a prime example of "European hypocrisy" and criticised its "shameful actions".
Michael Ben-Ari (a member of the Israeli parliament) referred to British people as "dogs" and accused Britain of being "anti-semitic". After the UK government expelled an Israeli diplomat due to Israel cloning British passports without Britain's consent and despite previously promising they would not do so, Aryeh Eldad (another member of the Israeli parliament) was quoted as saying "I think the British are behaving hypocritically and I don't want to offend dogs on this issue, since some dogs are utterly loyal".
President Thomas Jefferson complained of an unreasonable hostility towards the British state by the people in the United States during the Napoleonic Wars, brought about by the American Revolutionary War.
The anti-Tom novel Tit for Tat (written anonymously in 1856 by "A Lady of New Orleans") encouraged anti-British sentiment in reaction to Britain's positive reception of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
During the period of alliance between Britain and the United States, anti-British sentiment took another form. Fleet Admiral Ernest King had been noted for his Anglophobic views which affected his decision making during the "Second happy time" (in the Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945)). Joseph Stilwell, a four-star general in the China, Burma and India theatre of the Second World War was another noted anglophobe (for example, in this diaries he wrote, "Boy, will this burn up the Limeys!" when Myitkyina was finally taken). Curiously, he got on well with William Slim, even volunteering to serve under him for a time rather than under George Giffard. Slim noted that Stilwell had a public persona that differed from his private relations.
In the 21st century, the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom has come under attack by advertising executive Steven A. Grasse who published The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined the World., although this work is partly tongue in cheek and forms part of a larger media project launched by the author.
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