Iran’s Leaders Flood Twitter With Anti-Israel Rhetoric; Pompeo Accuses Zarif of Echoing Hitler

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, engaged in a diatribe against Israel on Quds Day, also known as Jerusalem Day, a holiday in Iran to show support for the Palestinians. In a series of Twitter tweets, Khamenei compared Israel to a “cancerous tumor” and the coronavirus, calling for the nation to be “uprooted and destroyed.” He also tweeted, “Some argue that the Zionist regime is a reality that the region must come to terms with … Today the #Covid_19 is a reality; should it be accepted or fought?! The long-lasting virus of Zionism will be uprooted thanks to the determination and faith of the youth. #Covid1948.” The #Covid1948 hash tag is a reference to the year Israel was established by U.N. mandate. Quds is the Iranian name for Jerusalem. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Iran’s foreign minister, Javid Zarif, also chipped in, saying Israel was the greatest threat to international peace and security. “Jerusalem Day is the day to revive Palestinian rights and for the occupation and settlers to disappear,” Zarif tweeted. “Israel is the largest human rights violator and the only holder of nuclear weapons in the region.” Zarif also stated that U.S. President Donald Trump’s Deal of the Century “proved Washington to be a hopeless partner of the aggressor.” Finally, Zarif said that “the referendum is the solution.” The reference was to a Quds Day poster circulated by Iran saying, “Palestine will be free” and “the final solution: Resistance until referendum.” Reported by The Jerusalem Post. Read more…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fired back on Twitter, saying, “Incredible that @JZarif and Iran’s Supreme Leader are echoing Hitler’s call for genocide. This depravity should dispel any notion the regime belongs in the community of nations. We stand with Germany and Israel against this oldest & most vile form of hatred, and say #NeverAgain.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Meanwhile, Texas senator Ted Cruz has called for a criminal investigation of Twitter for allowing Khamenei and Zarif to maintain Twitter accounts, which he says violates the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.  Cruz, along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla) also sent a letter to Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, explaining that because of U.S. sanctions against Iran, American companies are prohibited from providing “goods or services” to its top officials. Reported by Fox News. Read more…