White House criticizes Twitter over Khamenei anti-Israel posts

White House Press Secretary criticizes Twitter for allowing Khamenei's anti-Israel tweets to go uncensored while labeling Trump's tweets.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Kayleigh McEnany
Kayleigh McEnany

The White House on Friday criticized Twitter for allowing the anti-Israel tweets of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to go uncensored.

“I thought it was very eye opening and it tells you where these social media companies stand, where they’re not willing to assess Ayatollah Khamenei’s tweets but they are willing to assess President Trump’s tweets,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters, according to i24NEWS.

“It’s really appalling and it just speaks to their overwhelming, blinding bias against conservatives and against this president,” McEnany added.

Her comments came several days after a Twitter official insisted during a conversation with Knesset members that anti-Israeli tweets by Iran's Supreme Leader, including those calling for the Jewish state's "elimination," are not a violation of the social network’s rules.

“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 policy head for Israel and Nordic countries, told the lawmakers.

Pettersson was responding to a question from pro-Israel activist Arsen Ostrovsky, who highlighted the fact that the social media company recently attached warnings to a number of tweets by US President Donald Trump, but chose to take no action in regards to Khamenei.

In May, the Iranian Supreme Leader posted a tweet in which he threatened to implement the Nazi "Final Solution" against Israel.

After Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to those threats, Khamenei asserted that, in using the term “Final Solution”, he did not refer to Jews but rather only to the State of Israel.

Khamenei was later at it again, threatening that "the Zionist virus will not last long and the Zionist regime will not survive - and will be destroyed.”

Netanyahu later responded to Khamenei and said, "We say again - those who threaten Israel with extermination place themselves in similar danger.”

Strategic Affairs Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen (Blue and White) subsequently sent an official letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in which she demanded that he immediately suspend the account of the Iranian Supreme Leader.