Twitter: Ayatollah’s ‘Eliminate Israel’ Posts Are OK

Stand for Israel  |  July 30, 2020

Ayatollah Khamenei reading
Ayatollah Khamenei reading

The anti-Semitic Ayatollah of Iran hasn’t stopped his anti-Israel hate. And once again, the world allows hatred of the Jewish state and the Jewish people to go unchecked. The Times of Israel’s Raphael Ahren reports that Twitter explained away Ayatollah Khamenei’s call to “eliminate Israel” as simple “foreign policy saber-rattling”:

“We have an approach toward leaders that says that direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues of the day, or foreign policy saber-rattling on military-economic issues are generally not in violation of our rules,” Ylwa Pettersson, Twitter’s head policy for the Nordic countries and Israel, told the Knesset’s Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, via video-conference.

She was responding to a question by pro-Israel activist Arsen Ostrovsky, who had asked why Twitter attached a special label to a recent tweet by US President Donald Trump noting that it violated the company’s rules, while the Iranian leaders’ many tweets about his wish for Israel to be destroyed are left untouched.

On May 29, Twitter for the first time attached a warning label to Trump’s tweet about the riots that broke out in the US following the killing of George Floyd.

“I just want to fine-tune [Ostrovsky’s] question: Calling for genocide on Twitter is okay, but commenting on the political situation in certain countries is not okay?” asked MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh, who was leading the discussion…

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