On Sunday, Israel asked Twitter remove Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s account because of his “antisemitic and genocidal” tweets.
On the Twitter platform which often bans and suspends conservatives, the Iranian supreme leader has not been banned despite calling for the “elimination of Israel.”
In a letter sent to Twitter from Orit Farkash-Hacohen, Israel’s new strategic affairs minister, Israel gave specific exampled of Khamenei’s violations.
“Examples of such include Khamenei calling for the ‘elimination’ of the ‘Zionist entity’ while asserting the ‘Zionist regime is a deadly, cancerous growth,’ which must ‘be uprooted and destroyed.’ He also compared Israel to the deadly coronavirus, ‘the Zionist regime is a reality that the region must come to terms with. Today the #Covid_19 is a reality; should it be accepted or fought?!… Zionism will be uprooted,’” the letter said.
The West Bank must be armed, just as Gaza. The only thing that can reduce the Palestinians’ hardships is the hand of power. Otherwise, compromise won’t reduce a bit of the cruelty of this usurping, evil, wolf-like entity.#FlyTheFlag
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) May 18, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Khamenei’s tone is “echoing Hitler’s call for genocide.”
The United States condemns Supreme Leader Khamenei's disgusting and hateful anti-Semitic remarks. They have no place on Twitter or on any other social media platform. We know Khamenei’s vile rhetoric does not represent the Iranian people’s tradition of tolerance. pic.twitter.com/cfBhyOfFa9
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 20, 2020
To read more about Israel’s letter to Twitter, click here.