Israeli Official Asks Twitter To Suspend Khamenei’s Account
Israel’s Minister for Strategic Affairs is calling on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to “immediately suspend” Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s account as he continues to spread antisemitic messages and hate on the platform, according to a letter sent Sunday.
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— Orit Farkash Hacohen אורית פרקש הכהן (@FarkashOrit) May 25, 2020
In her letter, Orit Farkash Hacohen emphasized Twitter users’ right to “freedom of expression” while warning that calling for violence, promoting hate speech, and spreading antisemitism directly violate Twitter’s Hateful Conduct Policy. She cited Khamenei’s Twitter for doing just that “without any enforcement or repercussions.”
“For far too long he has been allowed to spread calls for physical violence and antisemitism on Twitter,” she wrote pointing to a recent “series of antisemitic tweets calling for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.”
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
Khamenei’s recent tweets were condemned by world leaders, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who called them “disgusting and hateful.”
Khamenei’s Twitter account was originally blocked in March, but the suspension was brief. Now, Farkash Hacohen to follow through with their policies.