By Majid Rafizadeh, Gatestone Institute—
Amidst the Iranian regime’s clear role in inciting terrorism against Israeli civilians, talks to lift sanctions against the regime are advancing in Vienna. The Biden administration is apparently offering even more concessions and sanctions relief to Iran’s leaders, concessions that “go beyond the nuclear-specific sanctions.”
Meanwhile, these leaders from Iran are openly encouraging Hamas to launch more rockets at a longtime US ally in the Middle East, Israel. Additionally, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, Esmail Ghaani, in a phone call with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, recently applauded Hamas for its attacks.
Separately, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who enjoys the final say in Iran’s foreign policy, has been inciting terrorism on social media. He wrote on Twitter:
“Palestinians are awake and determined. They must continue this path. One can only talk with the language of power with these criminals. They must increase their strength, stand strong, confront the enemy, and force them to stop their crimes. #FreePalestine”
Khamenei also labeled the whole nation of Israel a terrorist camp:
“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.”
Twitter’s policy indicates that it will suspend users “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” But Twitter appears to be giving Khamenei full immunity. It is worth noting that Twitter banned former President Donald J. Trump while he was in office “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Many users on Twitter began slamming the platform for not banning Iran’s Supreme Leader for clearly inciting violence. Aaron Klein, a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted:
“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.” Continue Reading….