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.

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.”

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.