The call on Twitter by Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei for Palestinians to “stand strong” and “confront” Israel has sparked outrage about the platform, which has banned former President Trump but not the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader.
“Palestinians are awake and determined. They must continue this path. One can only talk with the language of power with these criminals,” Khamenei declared in a tweet on Tuesday amid the escalating hostilities between the two sides.
“They must increase their strength, stand strong, confront the enemy, and force them to stop their crimes,” he added just before the Israeli military announced that air-raid sirens in Tel Aviv warned of an impending barrage of rockets from Hamas in Gaza.
A senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister wasted no time in slamming Twitter for not targeting Khamenei over his inflammatory missive.
“How has Twitter not banned Ali Khamenei over the below post outright inciting terrorism against Israelis? His tweet is a virtual signal to Iran-backed Palestinian jihadists,” Aaron Klein tweeted.
Users on the platform echoed the Israeli official’s complaint.
“Why is @khameni_ir still the fu*k on Twitter? If this isn’t incitement, idk wtf is!!!” @JeremyKossen wrote.
“Why Is Twitter Letting Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Incite Rocket Attacks on Israeli Civilians?” @RFederle asked.
Another user addressed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey directly.
The platform permanently banned Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot when he was still the commander-in-chief.
At the time, Twitter defended its suspension as “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The company’s continued position that it will not consider allowing him back on its platform, even if he were to return to public office, has rubbed many the wrong way, including some of Trump’s political opponents.
Many of the social media users expressing disgust with Twitter linked to an editorial published Tuesday in the National Review.
Author Philip Klein cited Twitter’s ban of the former president and wrote: “To be clear, this is not a one off tweet by Ayatollah. He has continually used the account to urge Palestinian terrorists to continue attacks on Israel.”
Klein went on to list multiple posts by Khamenei, including one from May 7 in which he wrote: “Since day 1, Zionists turned occupied Palestine into a base for terrorism.
“Israel isn’t a country; it’s a #TerroristCamp against Palestinians & other Muslim nations. Fighting this despotic regime is fighting against oppression & terrorism. And this is everyone’s responsibility,” the ayatollah added.
“All Palestinians, including those in Gaza, in Quds, in the West Bank, in the lands of 1948 & even those in refugee camps, form a single unit. They should adopt a #StrategyofCoalescence,” the Iranian leader said in another post.
“Every part should defend other parts & under pressure use the tools at their disposal,” he added.
Klein ended his piece by asking: “Will Twitter apply its Trump standard and ban Khamenei? Or is Jewish blood just cheap to them?”
The Jerusalem Post also ran a recent article citing an Iranian journalist and dissident who called on Dorsey to permanently ban all accounts linked to the supreme leader.
Masih Alinejad, a women’s rights activist and founder of the My Stealthy Freedom/White Wednesday campaign, told the news outlet that “a close review of these accounts in multiple languages which include Persian, English, Spanish, and Arabic, shows that Khamenei has repeatedly violated Twitter rules.”
Alinejad said in a January tweet that “In 2019 I called on Twitter to shut down Khamenei’s accounts for not only inciting violence but ordering the murder of 1,500 peaceful protesters. Some opposed this campaign, Now the same people are cheering that Trump has been suspended. It’s shameful.”