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Twitter’s Double Standard: Allow Antisemitic Khamenei Tweet, Block Account Exposing Antisemitic Threats

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Social media platforms have become Petri dishes for the bacteria that is antisemitism to grow and flourish. Twitter is no exception to that rule.

The site allows antisemitic posts and accounts to often go unchecked. What’s more, it appears Twitter has spent more time cracking down on accounts exposing antisemitism online than it has countering actual antisemites.

A Statesville, North Carolina man, Uriah Brandon, threatened the life of a rabbi on an Instagram Live conversation with Miko Grimes, the wife former NFL Miami Dolphins football player Brent Grimes. The post was exposed by StopAntisemitism.org and shared on Twitter.

The Statesville Police Department didn’t immediately respond to requests to comment on the threat.

In the video, which is still on StopAntisemitism.org’s Facebook page, Brandon says “If I see a rabbi… I might take his life on the spot… F—- a rabbi.” Click here to see the full clip.

Here is a portion of the conversation:

The platform acted swiftly, putting the antisemitism watchdog in “Twitter jail,” meaning the post had to be deleted before a seven-day appeal process could start. The group deleted the post and waited.

On Sunday, the group cancelled the appeal because it didn’t seem like anything would come of it and it had already been six days. But, by canceling the appeal, Facebook added an additional seven days to the “jail sentence,” making it a total of 14 days before the group can get their account back. Until then, they’ve been posting from @StopAntisemitsm, a partnered account.

“We were literally punished for exposing an antisemitic physical threat where someone could have been hurt,” StopAntisemitism.org said in a statement to this reporter Tuesday.

If you’re the leader of the largest state sponsor of terrorism, however, it appears your tweets are free to post and linger.

“The nation of Palestine is under various, severe pressures,” said Iran’s Leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei on Twitter Tuesday. “Then, the UAE acts in agreement with the Israelis & filthy Zionist agents of the U.S. —such as the Jewish member of Trump’s family— with utmost cruelty against the interests of the World of Islam. #UAEStabsMuslims

Khamenei’s account has over 800,000 followers and the tweet received thousands of impressions. The tweet has been posted for hours and is still up.

U.S. Assistant Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ellie Cohanim reacted to Khamenei’s tweet, telling this reporter on Tuesday, “It is shocking to see Twitter give a platform to Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei– which he routinely abuses to spread anti-Semitic hate. For example, just this morning he referred to members of the First Family with an anti-Semitic trope. It is well overdue for Twitter to enforce their own terms of use on Iran’s anti-Semite in Chief.”

Antisemitism online can inspire antisemites and/or validate their opinions. Unfortunately, it’s taken the loss of precious Jewish lives for many to realize that.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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